Free PDF, epub, Kindle ebook. Justine (or The Misfortunes of Virtue) is set just before the French Revolution in France and tells the story of a young woman. Justine or the Misfortunes of Virtue - Free download as PDF File .pdf) or read online for free. Read "Justine, Or, The Misfortunes of Virtue" by Marquis de Sade available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first download. An early work.
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Justine, or the Misfortunes of Virtue (Oxford World's Classics series) by The Marquis de Sade. Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure EPUB format. This is the first new translation in over forty years of Sade's novel Justine. It is also the first ever critical edition, based on the original Justine by Donatien-Alphonse-Francois de Sade.
She explains the series of misfortunes which have led her to be in her present situation.
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Yes, Constance, it is to thee I address this work; at once the example and honor of thy sex, with a spirit of profoundest sensibility combining the most judicious and the most enlightened of minds, thou art she to whom I confide my book, which will acquaint thee with the sweetness of the tears Virtue sore beset doth shed and doth cause to flow.
Detesting the sophistries of libertinage and of irreligion, in word and deed combating them unwearingly, I fear not that those necessitated by the order of personages appearing in these Memoirs will put thee in any peril; the cynicism remarkable in certain portraits they were softened as much as ever they could be is no more apt to frighten thee; for it is only Vice that trembles when Vice is found out, and cries scandal immediately it is attacked.
To bigots Tartuffe was indebted for his ordeal; Justine's will be the achievement of libertines, and little do I dread them: they'll not betray my intentions, these thou shalt perceive; thy opinion is sufficient to make my whole glory and after having pleased thee I must either please universally or find consolation in a general censure.
The scheme of this novel yet, 'tis less a novel than one might suppose is doubtless new; the victory gained by Virtue over Vice, the rewarding of good, the punishment of evil, such is the usual scheme in every other work of this species: ah! But throughout to present Vice triumphant and Virtue a victim of its sacrifices, to exhibit a wretched creature wandering from one misery to the next; the toy of villainy; the target of every debauch; exposed to the most barbarous, the most monstrous caprices; driven witless by the most brazen, the most specious sophistries; prey to the most cunning seductions, the most irresistible subornations for defense against so many disappointments, so much bane and pestilence, to repulse such a quantity of corruption having nothing but a sensitive soul, a mind naturally formed, and considerable courage: briefly, to employ the boldest scenes, the most extraordinary situations, the most dreadful maxims, the most energetic brush strokes, with the sole object of obtaining from all this one of the sublimest parables ever penned for human edification; now, such were, 'twill be allowed, to seek to reach one's destination by a road not much traveled heretofore.
Have I succeeded, Constance? Will a tear in thy eye determine my triumph?
After having read Justine, wilt say: "Oh, how these renderings of crime make me proud of my love for Virtue! If one feels you really MUST read De Sade, I guess this is one of the most accessible ones, but, even though it is De Sade 'lite' it does nonetheless contain quite a bit of sadism, and poor little Justine does seem a bit of a sucker for punishment, the quintessential 'victim'.
Justine is the quintessential sad sac of the ages. De Sade paints her as a poor meek little thing who, according to him, deserves her end because of her continued piousness.
His rhetoric is of course completely distorted, but one does get a sense that she possibly unwittingly or subconsciously invites victimhood.
I hope people won't find it too cruel if I say that her end was actually quite a humorous piece of Deux Ex Machina.
De Sade subverts a very common trope, by having a punishment that is usually visited upon sinners, strike down the innocent instead. One often has to wonder why a lightning bolt never came down from heaven to strike the sinful Marquis himself down.
I liked that at least De Sade does not try to justify sadism as anything else than what it really is. He openly rebels against 'piety' with his proposed hedonistic rhetoric.
The sadists and hedonists in the novel are what they are, fully and completely, and they don't make excuses for it, or pretend to 'love' their victims. They don't love their victims.