ALINE AND VALCOUR

Author:
Marquis de Sade. Translated, with an introduction by John Galbraith Simmons (NASW Member) and Jocelyne Geneviève Barque
Publisher:
Contra Mundum Press
Category:
Fiction & Poetry

Science writer John Galbraith Simmons and his wife Jocelyne Geneviève Barque provide the first English translation of a 900-page epistolary novel by French author Marquis de Sade, written while Sade was imprisoned in the 1580s. Aline and Valcour combines picaresque adventures, satire, and black humor to illuminate societal injustices that persist today, including exploitation of women.

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Dec. 4, 2019

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