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The Sadeian Woman

Virago 50th Anniversary Edition
  • Author
    • Angela Carter
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'The tone is one of intellectual relish . . . rational . . . refined . . . witty' NEW STATESMAN

'Her work is funny, sexy, frightening and brutal' EDMUND GORDON, GUARDIAN

'Angela Carter liked to blur boundaries and break rules' GABY WOOD, INDEPENDENT

Celebrating five decades of the feminist publisher, each of the Five Gold Reads represents an iconic moment in Virago's history, from the 1970s to today.

'Sexuality is power' - so says the Marquis de Sade, philosopher and pornographer extraordinaire. His virtuous Justine keeps to the rules laid down by men, her reward rape and humiliation; his Juliette, Justine's triumphantly monstrous antithesis, viciously exploits her sexuality. In a world where all tenderness is false, all beds are minefields.

But now Sade has met his match.

With invention and genius, Angela Carter takes on these outrageous figments of his extreme imagination, and transforms them into symbols of our time - the Hollywood sex goddesses, mothers and daughters, pornography, even the sacred shrines of sex and marriage lie devastatingly exposed before our eyes. Angela Carter delves into the viscera of our distorted sexuality and reveals a dazzling vision of love which admits neither of conqueror nor of conquered.

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  • Published: Jun 15 2023
  • 196 x 126mm
  • ISBN: 9780349017419
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Press Reviews

  • New Statesman
    Angela Carter is neither ordinary nor timid. The tone is one of intellectual relish ... rational ... refined ... witty
  • Lorna Sage

    The boldest of English women writers
  • Edmund Gordon

    The Guardian
    Her work is funny, sexy, frightening and brutal, and is always shaped by a keen, subversive intelligence and a style of luxuriant beauty
  • Gaby Wood

    Angela Carter liked to blur boundaries and break rules