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An Erotic Beyond: Sade

Octavio Paz

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Title: An Erotic Beyond: Sade
Author: Octavio Paz
Genre: Essays
Written: 1947-86
Length: 84 pages
Original in: Spanish
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  • Spanish title: Un más allá erótico: Sade
  • Translated by Eliot Weinberger

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Our Assessment:

A- : excellent small pieces.

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Review Summaries
Source Rating Date Reviewer
The NY Times Book Rev. B 19/4/1998 Laura Jamison

  From the Reviews:
  • "(S)erves as a valuable artifact of Paz's intellectual life, but a proper introduction -- more than the four sentences he offers -- would have given the book some much-needed context." - Laura Jamison, The New York Times Book Review

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The complete review's Review:

       A poem and two essays written between 1947 and 1986 make up this slim volume, chronicling Paz's interest in and reaction to the Marquis de Sade. Paz was a fine writer and a very intelligent reader. His thoughts on de Sade, though brief, are interesting, and they are very well presented (and ably translated by Eliot Weinberger). Anyone interested in de Sade (as a serious thinker or cultural phenomenon) or literary thought should take a look at this. Others might not find enough to hold their interest.

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About the Author:

       Mexican poet and author Octavio Paz (1914-1998) won the Nobel Prize in 1990.

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