He is passionate about drama and about atheistic philosophy and he loudly denounces the Christian morals. Freed during the Révolution, he is violently opposed to Robespierre's supreme being and narrowly escapes the executions of Fouquier-Tinville. This fervent revolutionary leaves without regret his aristocratic title.
His great work combining pornography and philosophy, the 120 Journées de Sodome, is lost during the events of the Bastille. It will resurface long after the author's death. In 1807 at the insane asylum of Charenton, he completes a vast trilogy entitled Les Journées de Florbelle, intended to compensate the loss of his Sodome.
Alerted by this new risk of scandal, his son immediately makes seized by the police this new novel that will be burned in his presence in 1814 just after the death of the author. Beyond the sexual excesses and the blasphemies, Sade had brought a freedom of writing that was to influence Baudelaire, Flaubert, Breton and many others, and this irreparable loss is unfortunate for the history of French literature.
An autograph notebook written by Sade has survived. In 17 folios, the author clarifies for himself the message that he wants to forward in Florbelle. This incorrigible libertine who is reduced to impotence by obesity and internment finds even a moral justification by quoting Seneca: "It is by displaying bare vice that we bring back to virtue".
This notebook is estimated € 300K for sale by Pierre Bergé et Associés in collaboration with Sotheby's France in Paris (Hôtel Drouot) on December 11, lot 56.
SOLD for € 320K before fees