‘Justine (or The Misfortunes of Virtue)’ was written by the French aristocrat, revolutionary politician, philosopher and writer, the Marquis de Sade (2 June 1740 – 2 December 1814). De Sade wrote the story in two weeks during 1787 while imprisoned in the Bastille, the Parisian prison that two years later on 14 July 1789 would be stormed by a crowd beginning the French Revolution. Published in 1791, and set just before the French Revolution, the story tells of the character of Therese who recounts her story of suffering and abuse at the hands of various figures of authority. Sade’s writings combine philosophical discourse with violent pornography, criminality and blasphemy. The words sadism and sadist are derived from his name.
Marquis De Sade. Justine. 1791
Hanging Books are title page reproductions of antique books that are handmade from old and antique books which are damaged, and are repaired are re-purposed to be hung on a wall for a unique display. The books display the title pages from one or antiquarian books based upon a certain theme. The size and colour of each book varies.