A new translation of Sade's most notorious, shocking and influential novel.
The Marquis de Sade was born in Paris in 1740. He was imprisoned
several times for his scandalous behaviour, and wrote The 120
Days of Sodom, his most notorious work, while in prison in the
Bastille. He managed to ingratiate himself with the new regime
after the French Revolution, but by 1796 was a ruined man. He died
in an insane asylum in 1814.
Thomas Wynn is Reader and Director of Research in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Durham University.
Without in any way giving in to hyperbole, I would say that this
translation is a 21st century monument, changing not only the way
in which we view the French 18th century, but providing a guide to
the present and future -- Andrew Hussey, Scott Moncrieff Prize
The great merit of this edition is the thoroughly excellent translation by Will McMorran and Thomas Wynn. It has none of the phoney archaism of earlier English translations. Instead it is like a window, allowing us to have as clear of view as possible of Sade's mind and world ... In their scholarly and wise introduction, the translators are careful to emphasise the historical context ... Sade's novel feels as grimly relevant to the terrors of our age as to those of his own. * The Economist *
An excellent translation * The Times Literary Supplement *
A blistering new translation ... This new version of the 120 Days is well overdue [and] these two dons have done a sterling job ... This new, accessible 120 Days also forces us to confront ourselves * Erotic Review *
We thought this translation was quite exceptional in its capacity to capture the true voice of this strange and difficult eighteenth-century text, the textual and editorial scholarship of the translators, their wonderful handling of the terminology and the diction of the original, along with the fluency of their translation, and the ways in which it creates for the first time for Anglophone readers a properly accurate version of Sade's text -- Ian Patterson, Scott Moncrieff Prize judge