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5 septembre 2011 1 05 /09 /septembre /2011 00:03

Isolism, Marquis de Sade

What is serious about Sade’s philosophy ? He created a concept of his own : « isolism ». I will come back on it, but here is one of it’s important meaning : everyone is isolated in himself and tries to obtain his pleasure, even if it is lethal. In his behaviour, he did not go as far as Gilles de Rais ( quoted by Sade ), fellow soldier of Joan of Arc, who committed some 140 murders in his « savage lust » on young people aged 8 to18 years old, but he was on this downhill path. Only the Establishments of the Old Regime before 1789, of the French Revolution, and of the French Empire just after (Napoleon), keeping him locked in different repressive institutions prevented him from doing such a thing.

Key word : the Marquis de Sade’s philosophy, isolism, pleasure, savage lust.

Key names : Marquis de Sade, Gilles de Rais, Joan of Arc.

Key era : Old French Regime before 1789, the French Revolution, the French Empire ( Napoleon ).

Please note that the American edition of Justine ( Grove Press, Inc., New York, 1965-1966 ) does not keep Sade’s neologism « isolism », but just translates, as if it was written in French « isolement », by « isolation » in English ( p. 462 ) but Sade introduces in the French language « isolisme ».

Patrice Tardieu, writer, commentator and translator.

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