The 120 Days of Sodom is a novel by the French writer Marquis de Sade. It tells the story of four wealthy male libertines who resolve to experience the ultimate sexual gratification in orgies. To do this, they seal themselves away for four months in an inaccessible castle in Saint-Martin-de-Belleville, France, with a harem of 46 victims, mostly young male and female teenagers, and engage four female brothel keepers to tell the stories of their lives and adventures. The women's narratives form an inspiration for the sexual abuse and torture of the victims, which gradually mounts in intensity and ends in their slaughter.
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Sade, a French aristocrat and writer of philosophy-laden works that were often violent. His repute for sexual cruelty, though based on rumor, led to the term " sadism" being named after him.Some philosophers contend that his works are meant to create anxiety.
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