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The Torture Garden by Mirbeau: a quite stunning investigation into the furthest extremities of physical love. Octave Mirbeau(1848-1917) French journalist and writer

The Torture Garden by Mirbeau: a quite stunning investigation into the furthest extremities of physical love. Almost post-modern in style and structure, it is a genuinely intelligent, and therefore deeply unsettling, work. Philip Kane in The Independent on Sunday. Octave Mirbeau(1848-1917) French journalist and writer. Heavily involved in campaigning on behalf of Dreyfus he was the social conscience of France. An anarchist his novels are impassioned critiques of French society.

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Octave Mirbeau, Michael Richardson (Translator). Torture Garden (Decadence from Dedalus). Published September 11th 2013 by Dedalus Limited. ISBN: 1903517877 (ISBN13: 9781903517871). Michael Richardson (Translator).

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In his introduction, Brian Stableford writes that Torture Garden "is provocatively disagreeable and essentially indigestible". I certainly couldn't digest it, and wouldn't want to. More about. Want to discuss real-world problems, be involved in the most engaging discussions and hear from the journalists? Try Independent Premium free for 1 month.

A century after its first publication, this book is still capable of shocking. The opening satire is probably meaningful only to scholars of French political history, but the subsequent journey into the Far East accentuates connections between love and death, sex and depravity, fastidiousness and pleasure. And the petty, parochial corruptions of the narrator are put into context by the immersion into the Sadeian world of the Torture Garden.

Octave Mirbeau; Michael Richardson; Brian Stableford. She shows him the Torture Garden, a place of exotic flowers and baroque sadism. Dedaluss European Classics. There are satirical and allegorical dimensions, but it remains irreducibly horrible. Phil Baker in The Sunday Times 'First published in 1899, the same year as Conrad's Heart of Darkness(which, in a sado-masochistic way, it mirrors), this short tale takes place in a Far Eastern garden in which torture is practised as an art form.

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The torture garden OCTAVE mirbeau and the politics of decadence. 97. The decay of lying oscar wilde and the english decadent movement. Author Brian M. Stableford was born in Shipley, Yorkshire, U. K. on July 25, 1948. He received an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of York in 1969 and a P. in sociology in 1979. He has published over 100 books, including science fiction and fantasy works, non-fiction, translations, and learned articles. He has written under the pseudonym of Brian Craig as well as under Brian Stableford and Brian M. Stableford.

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by Octave Mirbeau (Author), Michael Richardson (Translator). Publisher: Dedalus Ltd (March 26, 2019). For over two years, he goes back and forth, until finally she takes him to the Torture Gardens of China, where scenes of great floral beauty are displayed amongst the horrible death, torture, and humiliations of condemned prisoners.

"A century after its first publication, this book is still capable of shocking. The opening satire is probably meaningful only to scholars of French political history, but the subsequent journey into the Far East accentuates connections between love and death, sex and depravity, fastidiousness and pleasure. And the petty, parochial corruptions of the narrator are put into context by the immersion into the Sadeian world of the Torture Garden." The Times

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Octave Mirbeau was a popular writer of his day, with a wide ranging scope of interest. He wrote in many literary genres, sometimes, as in the case of this book, combining the real and the fantastical, with views on politics and human nature that were satirical, subversive to conventional morality and even anarchistic.

Torture Garden is a study of imagination without bounds, as expressed through elaborate descriptions of a fantastical "torture garden" – a grotesquely beautiful garden which contains at the its center, tortured prisoners of the state. The garden with its bounty of beautiful flowers – some real, and some fantastical – is nourished by the blood and the flesh of the torture victims. It was also designed by the designer of the garden, as a testament to the power of the state and the inventive fiendishness of the human mind to create such a living show of horror.

The excess of the garden in mirrored in the material and sexual excess of the main character, Clara, a wealthy young beautiful woman of Eurasian descent. Descriptions of torture are elaborate but scenes of sex are not, except near the end, but even there, more is left to the imagination than is presented. (Nonetheless, in one English translation, the translator apologizes to the readers for the fact that the work he had present was censored by the state). Torture Garden is a celebration of life at the extremes of sensation, beyond the conventional or “natural” sense of morality. While not tortured in the same way as the prisoners in the center of the garden, the orgiastic celebrants sometimes assume similar grotesque postures as the torture victims.

Clara's traveling companion, who is also the narrator, at various times describes her soul as being shriveled up in this process of witnessing and living life at the extremes . So, it appears that a moral judgment is made on the whole scene, by the author as narrator. Her life style illustrates sociopathic behavior – deadened sensibility requires new and regular sensory stimulation – orgiastic sex, witnessing of torture, with little, if any empathy, or expressions of remorse for all the suffering she witnesses.

The intellectual backdrop is this - Mirbeau publishes Torture Garden in 1899 after Nietzsche had completed his works, and just as Freud was starting to publish his work (Interpretation of Dreams is published in 1900). In 1899 the Dreyfus case was still in progress in France, and provides a backdrop for the book. The case which was considered by many (and Mirbeau who wrote about it) as state hypocrisy, as well as anti-Semitic victimization. Philosophically, a Schopenhauer-ian expression of the will to live passes into a distorted Nietzschean will to power in which a lush, fantastical garden is fed by the blood and flesh of the state victims of torture right inside the garden .Extremes fed extremes. This displays a kind of biological reductionism – human blood and flesh does not have more “dignity” than any other substance that might feed plants.. From the purely biological and physiological perspective, the plants seek substance in any form they can. This expressses crude mechanistic, biological reductionism – death feeds life . But this is presented in a sociopath context which bypasses human morality. The issue is framed at the beginning of the novel whether sadism and pursuit of hedonistic lies beneath conventional Victorian morality. Indeed, he writes during an age which had become keen on exploring interior depths.

In Torture Garden we see the bare Unconscious, which Freud in his later typology calls the Id, and the destructive power it could wield, if not checked. The impulses toward sex and death that drive Clara, are what Freud, in two of his later and famous works, "Beyond the Pleasure Principle" and "Civilization and its Discontents," calls Eros and Thanatos, or Life and Death Impulses. He writes that the purpose of civilization and government is supposed to manage this conflict. Mirbeau explores issue decades earlier, adding to the struggle between Eros and Thanatos, not a benevolent but a despotic state. Nietzsche had completed his life's work by 1899, culminating in the concept of will to power based on his earlier concept of the Superman who embodies Caesar with Christ's soul. This is not a glorification of a blind human will to power, but one that is refined by right use of will and intellect.

Torture Garden also expresses the extremes of romanticism, when it is pushed into extreme subjectivism – sensory excess and morbidity. We might profitably view this book in the context of a book like Against the Grain by Huysmans and the tradition of romantic decadence. In such works, the extremes of aestheticism and morbidity meet, in human lives devoted only to the pursuit of sensory pleasure.
I became curious about this book after reading a quote from it on the album cover of a Manic Street Preachers album, the quote rang true to me and i wanted to find out more about this book and it's author. I was not dissapointed. Torture Garden deserves to be more widely read than it is but will almost certainly remain a cult classic known to only a few intrepid souls. This is because the author is brutal in what he has to say and what he exposes about our civilization. If you stop and think about the points he makes as you reas this book you will find yourself in uncomfortable agreement with them. Murder and torture are neccesary realities of civilization, wether they are explicit and in the open, as in the imaginary garden of China, or thinly veiled as in Europe they are nonetheless always there. The character of Clara in this novel works on many levels and the narrator finds himself disgusted and yet trapped by her. I read the whole book in a day and was rapt in it.
The writing itself is fine, but as a product, this edition is awful. Almost all paragraph breaks were left out. Most of the punctuation is also messed, especially when quotations are involved. It became a lot harder to follow because of the errors in punctuation by the editor of this edition. I ended up finding a free pdf version of this book online, and continued my reading there. As stated before, I enjoyed the novel itself, but this edition of it is very flawed.
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Excellent, human nature is unchanging. We just know more about their failings through the Internet and social media. Very timely
The beginning is a bit dry and slow. Really the payoff is the end of the book: slick language and polished emotional edge. But for all the work in getting to the point, the main character is whiny and sometimes really annoying. Worth reading if your into "exotic"foreign travel and torture porn.
While the descriptions of vegetation and flowers especially are the most amazing I've ever read, the story itself is more than a bit bizarre. This edition, perhaps one of the few in English, was also riddled with typos. If I had to compare it with something, it would probably be Camus - Camus gone a bit crazy.
DO NOT BUY THIS EDITION unless you can read Egyptian Hieroglyphs!!! This edition is a printing disaster loaded with broken letters that make it impossible to read. This is a poor copy of a sloppy
copy.Therefore, I cannot make any judgment
regarding it's content, since it tortured me to read it
and I have buried in my garden as fertilizer.