(Sade : An Erotic Beyond)

Octavio Paz

Published by Harcourt Brace
Publication date: April 1998

REVIEW: by Booklist , 04/01/98
(taken from Amazon.com)

This passionate little book unites two controversial and demanding writers, the Marquis de Sade, who was imprisoned for his point of view over 150 years ago and continues to make waves in the collective consciousness, and Paz himself, who is revered by many for the originality and sophistication of his vision and writings and castigated by others for obfuscation and arrogance. Paz is a powerful thinker and magnificent articulator, and his poetry and prose always lead many down new and illuminating corridors. The "three attempts at understanding" Sade gathered together here are no exception. The first is a vivid and empathic poem Paz wrote in 1947 after first becoming acquainted with Sade's work. The second is a long and fascinating essay about the difference between sexuality and eroticism, and the third assesses Sade's legacy. This slim volume can almost serve as an addendum to Paz's acclaimed The Double Flame: Love and Eroticism (1994)

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