Sade and Sisters

Sade and Sisters: a Full-Length Play on Marquis de Sade (Marquis de Sade: Plays Book 1) Kindle Edition

Following in the tradition of such works as Peter Weiss’ play, Marat Sade, the film Salo – or 120 Days of Sodom by Pier Paolo Pasolini, the film Quills by Philip Kaufman, and  Madame Sade by Yukio Mishima, SADE AND SISTERS, a full-length play on the life of the Divine Marquis de Sade, serves up a spicy tale based on the life of the notorious French philosopher.

The Marquis de Sade, whose name inspired the term sadism, was imprisoned in pre-revolutionary France as much for his atheism as for his cruelty. Modern historians and philosophers have been re-appraising Sade’s wicked reputation and reputation for perversion, asserting his role as a philosopher whose worldly views were ahead of his time with regard to assertion of the self and the will to power.

Author Clair LaVaye explores the complex relationship of Sade with his wife and her younger sister. Both women shared his bed; each had a role to play in his sexual obsessions. Perhaps these two women inspired his two greatest novels, Justine and Juliette.

The play follows the life of young Sade as he contemplates an unwelcome marriage to Renée-Pélagie de Montreuil, the eldest sister of the Montreuil family. The second act examines the crucial period of Sade’s life, when he lived at the Sade family castle in Provencal France with both Renée and her younger sister, Anne. The third act takes place just prior to Sade’s removal from the Bastille, before the liberation of France. As his imagination sets sail, Sade receives visitors from out of time. Simone de Beauvoir , the Comte de Lautréamont and his creature, Maldoror, and Jack the Ripper discourse with Sade and his fictional heroines, Justine and Juliette, on the nature of good and evil…and what freedom without limits means for individuals and society.

Employing techniques used by the philosopher who inspired this play, author Clair LaVaye creates perverse and transgressive erotic scenes to surround the poisonous, delirious Sadean ideas.

A warning from the author: the philosophy is poisonous, so beware, innocent eyes, lest you fall into damnation!!

A good item for Marquis de Sade collectors who enjoyed Peter Weiss’s Marat/Sade and Mishima’s Madame de Sade. SADE AND SISTERS explores the interior of Sade’s heart and the hearts of those he loved.

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