When, as a young man in postwar Paris, Octavio Paz first encountered the writings of the Marquis de Sade, his reaction was one of "astonishment and horror, curiosity and disgust, admiration and recognition." In an early poem and two subsequent essays written over a span of five decades, Paz pierces through the narrow image of Sade as pornographer and examines his work in the context of the paradox of human freedom and civilized man. He insists that Sade is worth reading, that the danger lies not in his books but in the passions of his readers.
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Book Description Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First Edition. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0151003521
Book Description Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1998. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Through an early poem-written just after he became acquainted with the work of the Marquis de Sade-and two later essays, Nobel Prize laureate Paz "admirably questions and explores the meaning of a figure who will not leave us alone" (Kirkus Reviews). Written with Paz's usual authority blended with irreverence, this book is as provocative as its subject. Translated by Eliot Weinberger. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0151003521
Book Description Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0151003521
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