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When the Whip Comes Down

Jeremy Reed

ISBN 10: 0720608570 / ISBN 13: 9780720608571
Published by Peter Owen, 1992
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover
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*** BOOK in fine condition. Navy boards with silver titling on spine. 136pp. *** DUST JACKET has very slight shelfwear to edges; otherwise in fine condition. *** CONTENTS: In this haunting new novel the Marquis de Sade has become one of the undead, returning each year to his elusive chateau, where he narrates his past and present, and lives out his old obsessions. The tragedy of de Sade's life and the fascination he still exerts are powerfully evoked in a work of remarkable imaginative intensity. Size: 230x150. Bookseller Inventory # 001615

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Title: When the Whip Comes Down

Publisher: Peter Owen

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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This hallucinatory, lyrical novel posits that the Marquis de Sade, having survived for 178 years after his recorded death in 1814, indulges his obsessive erotic fantasies in the company of initiates - young men and women whom he has invited to his isolated country home. This de Sade drives a Mercedes and is familiar with the modern world of nuclear bombs, cocaine, AIDS, Picasso's Guernica, Hitler, William Burroughs and LSD...Sade's jolting collision with the here and now exposes the moral confusion and emptiness at the heart of our genocidal century."" - Publishers Weekly. ""Cross one of Anne Rice's eerie vampires with the historical Marquis de Sade and you get the protagonist of this provocative but murky novel."" - Library Journal.

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This hallucinatory, lyrical novel posits that the Marquis de Sade, having survived for 178 years after his recorded death in 1814, indulges his obsessive erotic fantasies in the company of initiates--young men and women--whom he has invited to his isolated country home. This de Sade drives a Mercedes and is familar with the modern world of nuclear bombs, cocaine, AIDS, Picasso's Guernica , Hitler, William Burroughs and LSD. Sade's feverish ruminations on his years of imprisonment, his hatred of conformity and his sexual fetishes are interwoven with the narratives of Jeanne, a prostitute who describes whipping the nihilistic aristocrat; Philippe, a Parisian fashion designer who designs sets and costumes for de Sade's psychodramas; and Stephen, an artist recruited to paint and photograph his host's debaucheries. English novelist/poet Reed (whose novel Delirium re-created the life of Rimbaud) believes that de Sade, who longed to live out the reality of his wounded psychic interior, expressed potentials lurking within each of us. Sade's jolting collision with the here and now exposes the moral confusion and emptiness at the heart of our genocidal century.
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