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A Disorder Peculiar to the Country by Ken Kalfus

By Ken Kalfus

Joyce and Marshall each one imagine the opposite is killed on September 11—and needs to swallow their sadness while the opposite arrives domestic. As their sour divorce is extra complex by means of anthrax scares, suicide bombs, and international wars, they endure, in methods suddenly own and more and more ludicrous, the numerous unusual ravages of our time. during this spectacular black comedy, Kalfus indicates how our nation’s public calamities have encroached upon our such a lot inner most illusions.

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December: sub-lieutenant in an infantry regiment. Sees active service in France and Germany in the Seven Years War, which he ends with the rank of captain () and a reputation for lewd conduct.   March: demobilized; April: affair with Mademoiselle de Lauris in Avignon;  May: marries Renée-Pélagie de Montreuil (‘elle n’est pas jolie’) in Paris;  October: jailed for two weeks at Vincennes for maltreating Jeanne Testard in a Paris brothel. The charge specifies ‘extreme debauchery’ and ‘horrible impiety’;  November: released but confined for a period to the country estate of his wife’s parents in Normandy.

Assembles what he has written of The  Days of Sodom, which he will never complete. Begins work on Aline and Valcour. xlii Chronology  Asks Renée-Pélagie to supply details of Spain and Portugal for his ‘philosophical novel’, Aline and Valcour.   June: Sade loses control of the management of his affairs; late June– July: completes ‘The Misfortunes of Virtue’, the first version of Justine.  First week of March: writes ‘Eugénie de Franval’;  October: draws up a catalogue of his writings.

Les Crimes de l’amour, ed. Gilbert Lély (Paris: Éditions /, ). ) Les Crimes de l’amour, ed. Béatrice Didier (Paris: Livre de Poche, ). ) Les Crimes de l’amour, ed. Michel Delon (Paris: Gallimard, ‘Folio’, ). ) Historiettes, contes et fabliaux, ed. Maurice Heine (Paris: Société du Roman philosophique, ). ) Les Infortunes de la vertu, suivi des Historiettes, contes et fabliaux, ed. Gilbert Lély (Paris: Éditions /, ). ) The Misfortunes of Virtue and Other Early Tales, translated with an Introduction and Notes by David Coward (Oxford: OUP, Oxford World’s Classics, ).

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