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The Mystified Magistrate and Other Tales
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Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Richard Seaver Translator. The great virtue of this volume is that it reveals a lighter, comic side of Sade. He was a man obsessed, like many great writers, and his obsessions are still present here: his hatred of all things pretentious, his loathing of a corrupt judicial system, his damning of hypocrisy and false piety. One of the great anarchists of all time, he was nevertheless far from mad as The great virtue of this volume is that it reveals a lighter, comic side of Sade. One of the great anarchists of all time, he was nevertheless far from mad as many pretended and these works of fiction shed another light on this most feverish of minds.
But however heavy the subject, The Mystified Magistrate is infused with a light touch; it is revealing but never offensive. Get A Copy. Hardcover , 1st edition , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Aug 25, Amy rated it really liked it.
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I've been taught since I was a wee lass that the Marquis was to be avoided as he only touched upon the subject that holds his namesake: sadism. Yet, I was extremely and pleasantly surprised when I finished The Mystified Magistrate and realized that though De Sade's tales were indeed ribald and perverted, they were also very witty and wonderfully written. He aims his satirical wand at not only the virtues of sex but politics and social norms. If you're looking for a bit of jolly satire, The I've been taught since I was a wee lass that the Marquis was to be avoided as he only touched upon the subject that holds his namesake: sadism.
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If you're looking for a bit of jolly satire, The Mystified Magistrate's the way to go. Apr 20, Thomas rated it really liked it Shelves: read-in This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Having been recently brutalized by Philosophy in the Boudoir , I was very pleasantly surprised by this book of semi-lost tales from the Marquis de Sade.
Philosophy matched aggressive, obnoxious pseduo-intellectual philosophical ravings with tiresome and repetitive sexual description tarted up with, at times, extreme violence. It is bizarre and fascinating as a historical and psychological document, but not exactly a hot read. I mean I'm weird, but I'm not quite that kind of weird. The stories Having been recently brutalized by Philosophy in the Boudoir , I was very pleasantly surprised by this book of semi-lost tales from the Marquis de Sade.
The stories in The Mystified Magistrate , on the other hand, were intended by De Sade as a "light" counterpart to his more "serious" works. In the introduction it's said that De Sade initially set out to be an dramatist and penner of light entertainments. That is certainly evident from these stories, which read rather like "The Three Stooges of Provence. The title story is about a judge who wants to marry a much younger woman well above his station, and how he is brutally humiliated by the girl's secret paramour and her noble relatives.
Then there's the one about the Persian ambassador who's shown an entire court's worth of pee-pees by way of convincing him that none of them are circumcised, and therefore are infidels, not blasphemous Muslims The manuscripts were uncorrected, resulting in numerous errors and inconsistencies, which actually makes for fascinating reading. Wonderful, readable translations. Strange and lovely, in that fringe-history sort of way. May 02, Tamara rated it it was amazing. Popular or not, I love the Marquis de Sade. These stories are hysterical yet thought provoking, and just bawdy enough to be de Sade.
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I am of the opinion that he is unnecessarily demonized; the Marquis was a satirist, nothing more. This is the mildest of his writings that I've come across by far, nowhere in the realm of Juliette or Days of Sodom. While he is not for everyone, I highly recommend any serious reader to at least give him a try. Feb 20, Stasha rated it really liked it Shelves: philosophy , political-commentary. I picked this up because it was the one of two books the library had by the Marquis de Sade. For his time, deSade was considered pornographic.
If he wrote the same things today, he would be on Oprah talking about the evils of child abuse, incest, and pedophile priests. Heavy on philosophy and moralizing on the punishment those who aren't virtuous, he denounces the lack of parental education which allows young virgins to be debauched by dirty old men and his evildoers end up being punished for I picked this up because it was the one of two books the library had by the Marquis de Sade. Heavy on philosophy and moralizing on the punishment those who aren't virtuous, he denounces the lack of parental education which allows young virgins to be debauched by dirty old men and his evildoers end up being punished for their sins.
I was reminded of the line from Quills where deSade's wife tells him that the problem is not his writing but that he acts his writing out in his life.
The political commentary has mostly been lost but this edition was well footnoted so that some sense of the political commentary was saved. This is a Serbian translation of de Sades collection of stories and short stories originally called "Historiettes, contes et fabliaux".
I have no clue if there are all of the stories from the original in this translation, because Serbians in Yugoslavia liked to just pick the stories they liked the most from the comlete work and translate only them, and publish it under the same title as the original, as though no alternaions were made, which can be confusing.