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Original manuscript of 120 Days Of Sodom returns home to Paris

Published on Apr 7, 2014 1:52 PM
 
Written in prison in 1785 - just before the French Revolution - and described by the Marquis himself as "the most impure tale ever told", the original manuscript returned to France after three decades in the hands of a Swiss collector, and will be exhibited this year in Paris. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

Paris - The Marquis de Sade's scandalous and sexually graphic novel 120 Days Of Sodom has come back home.

Written in prison in 1785 - just before the French Revolution - and described by the Marquis himself as "the most impure tale ever told", the original manuscript returned to France after three decades in the hands of a Swiss collector, and will be exhibited this year in Paris.

Stolen from the descendants of Sade in 1982 and sold to the Swiss erotic-books collector Gerard Nordmann, it was recently acquired for 7 million euros (.) by a company called Aristophil, which buys ancient and valuable manuscripts.

The purchase ended several years of talks with Nordmann and Sade's heirs, with the company paying them both. The item has been removed from Interpol's list of stolen artworks.

 
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