The Maquis de Sade
Most know of him, but who was he really? I just sloughed through a huge paperback, that included history of him and 3 books he wrote. Like Eugenie and Justine. Talk about a warped,sick mind. It appears he did not do all he wrote. He did rape a woman which got him jailed. And other jailings for porn. He was however married for years to a woman who stuck with him through it all and he had two kids with her.
What makes his writing hard to plow through, though, is he uses his male characters to write page, after page, after page that are his beliefs as to religion, laws and morality as he tries to corrupt a young innocent virgin. Skimming works!
According to what he writes, criminal acts are forgivable. It is the victims fault. He derides the haves for not sharing their wealth. The perp has every right to take that which others have due to the fact that those who work and earn what they have, should then hand over anything the lazy criminal lacks. He justifies murder because it is natures laws. And there is no illicit act in rape, torture, sodomy, incest, child killings, or any other because what is against the law in the persons country is legal or ignored in another.
His/their views on religion is that it is all fiction and corrupt as the real world. Governments and society use it to blind people and use them, by teaching them to obey.
The ironic thing in his writings and ideas, is how much is in play in our modern societies. Criminal minds are his way...society and well off owe the criminal. They justify the crimes in their minds. Sade wrote in the 16/1700a. Sad it still rings so true today.