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The Sadeian Woman

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780349017419

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‘The tone is one of intellectual relish . . . rational . . . refined . . . witty’ NEW STATESMAN

‘Her work is funny, sexy, frightening and brutal’ EDMUND GORDON, GUARDIAN

‘Angela Carter liked to blur boundaries and break rules’ GABY WOOD, INDEPENDENT

Celebrating five decades of the feminist publisher, each of the Five Gold Reads represents an iconic moment in Virago’s history, from the 1970s to today.

‘Sexuality is power’ – so says the Marquis de Sade, philosopher and pornographer extraordinaire. His virtuous Justine keeps to the rules laid down by men, her reward rape and humiliation; his Juliette, Justine’s triumphantly monstrous antithesis, viciously exploits her sexuality. In a world where all tenderness is false, all beds are minefields.

But now Sade has met his match.

With invention and genius, Angela Carter takes on these outrageous figments of his extreme imagination, and transforms them into symbols of our time – the Hollywood sex goddesses, mothers and daughters, pornography, even the sacred shrines of sex and marriage lie devastatingly exposed before our eyes. Angela Carter delves into the viscera of our distorted sexuality and reveals a dazzling vision of love which admits neither of conqueror nor of conquered.

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The boldest of English women writers
Lorna Sage
Angela Carter is neither ordinary nor timid. The tone is one of intellectual relish ... rational ... refined ... witty
New Statesman
Angela Carter liked to blur boundaries and break rules
Gaby Wood, Independent
Her work is funny, sexy, frightening and brutal, and is always shaped by a keen, subversive intelligence and a style of luxuriant beauty
Edmund Gordon, The Guardian