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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Eugénie de Franval is a short story by Sade first published in the collection The Crimes of Love. Sade had started to write the story on March 1, 1788, he completed it in six days. Eugénie de Franval, or the Misfortunes of Incest begins: "To instruct man and correct his morals; such is the sole goal we set ourselves in this story."

The novel was recently published by Hesperus Press as Incest. With a foreword by Janet Street-Porter. Its blurb reads:

Book Description:

"Incest is a chilling tale of sexual experimentation and philosophical exploration carried to its most logical—and devastating—extreme. Marquis de Sade’s semi-autobiographical protagonist, Monsieur de Franval, is rich, handsome, intelligent, and thoroughly immoral. When he marries a pious woman and fathers a daughter, he is determined to educate his progeny to be “free.” The ultimate proof of his daughter’s unfettered liberty? That she become his secret lover. But when the beautiful and accomplished daughter spurns an eligible young bachelor, instead declaring her intention to remain with her father, her naïve and doting mother’s suspicions are at last aroused. Confused and distressed by her daughter’s behavior, Madame de Franval confronts her husband—with tragic results. A challenging and breathtaking masterpiece, Incest is a sober portrait of catastrophe in the midst of excess."

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