When the Whip Comes Down

Peter Owen Publishers

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'Who am I? I am a man travelling between all times. Somehow I can't get off the road I knew first in a carriage and now in a chaffeur-driven Mercedes. For some of us there appears to be no exit from time.'

It is autumn at La Coste, ancestral home of the Marquis de Sade. The trees are turning to red and golf; rain falls obliquely across the vineyards. A car draws up at the chateau, bringing the first of the carefully chosen group of initiates. When the gates have closed behind them, they will enter a world of uninhibited sexual fantasy and take erotic experience to its limits.

In Jeremy Reed's haunting new novel the Marquis de Sade has become one of the undead, returning each year to his elusive chateau, where he narrates his past and present, and lives out his old obsessions. The tragedy of de Sade's life and the fascination he still exerts are powerfully evoked in a work of remarkable imaginative intensity.


Format: Hardcover
Year published: 1992

Pages: 136
Imprint: Peter Owen Publishers

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