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Uploaded on Dec 15, 2008
Author and Northeastern Professor James Weiss discusses his book, the "Marquis de Sade's Veiled Social Criticism" on November 19, 2008. The French writer and revolutionary the Marquis de Sade was infamous for frequenting the local insane asylum, producing pornography, and allegedly conversing with the Devil. Lesser known is that the supposed madman took sharp jabs at a deteriorating France in The One Hundred and Twenty Days of Sodom—his story of a castle and its captives trapped by fear and ignorance. Weiss explores the complicated mind of the Marquis de Sade, who constructed a philosophical mirror to shock France into recognizing the error of its ways.