How His Crystal Genius Still Speaks to Today’s World and Its Major Problems
Preface When I first saw Les infortunes de la vertu in a rare books‟ store, I was struck and amused by its title… for a while; then, truth started to set in: there was a great deal of reality in the idea of “the misfortunes of virtue” in the 18th century; just as it is even nowadays. After a brief reflection, I was no longer amused; it was Sade after all; and it was the 18th century where people were as passionate as both nature and „civilization‟ could make them. I knew that there had to be something there. I gathered, from the stretched extensions of what the title inspired me, that Sade‟s „face‟—a presumed portrait of the Marquis at a very mature age— appeared as if he had just filed the last lawsuit in the entire history of time against all of Creation, including the smallest dust that could fly by. Of course, in that case, he would neither have a lawyer nor a judge, let alone a jury. A frozen mood mimicking eternal contempt seemed to describe that portrait. Then, I thought: either he was just so bitter against virtue, or he had bet on it and was so betrayed that he could not help but prove the deceit. It did not appear to me that one would, however mad, crazy, demented or else fitting concepts of similar meaning and magnitude, ever sit down to write a book against something as immaterial as virtue, a book...
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