Try to guess the character… He was born in a hotel in 1740 and died in an mental hospital in 1814. He was French. His name was Donatien Alphone François and he spent 27 years in prison. Do you know who are we are talking about? About the Marquis de Sade, of course! He was a writer and philosopher, considered a monster by the violence of his transgressive sexual practices. His work was banned until the 60s. Jacques Chessex, a Swiss writer, has resurrected the “monster” in a book about the Sade’s last six months of life.
In Switzerland, this book is sold wrapped in cellophane and marked as “Reserved for adults”, while in France it does not have any warning or protection. The story begins in 1814, when Sade was in a mental hospital close to Paris for eleven years. Why was he treated as if he was crazy? Eschatology, sodomy, pornography, torture, incest, and rape were lashing the creeds of Sade. You can find these items in the following works: Justine or the Misfortunes of Virtue (1791), History of Aline et Valcour, The 120 Days of Sodom (see photo above), Philosophy in the toilet and many other novels, theatres plays, etc.
Sade first sprang to public opinion in 1768, when he took the young widow Rose Keller to his home to lash her out and do other blasphemous practices on her on Easter Sunday. The imagination of the masses does not help calm the scandal. Even he was sentenced to the guillotine in 1793 under Napoleon’s regime. The sexual psychology was not welcome.
His work was banned during the nineteenth century, until 1960. Sade gained most recognition and acceptance when his name was incorporated to the prestigious Library of the Pleiades in 1990. Although the bookstores sell his work, it is difficult to read it on the Internet for “moral protection” reasons. Since his death, and despite being an antihero, Sade has been a source of inspiration for other writers such as Flaubert, Dostoevsky, Rimbaud and Apollinaire.
If you want to buy this book that details the end of his life, the best idea is to do it in Paris. Enjoy the city and let your desires expand. Rent apartments in Paris to find the best accommodation.