The Enlightenment by Night

My favorite Libertine novel is based on a list of Parisian priests arrested in various places of ill repute. The original document happened to be a bit dry, for it was indeed a factual account of the services rendered before the actors were nabbed by the police. It must have been liberated by the French Revolution for Narciat to write his novel off the material. Far from being a moralist, Andrea Narciat still suggests a pragmatic solution for the ordained priests — a legal marriage to normalize their sex life. In the end the moralist agenda does not seem altogether alien to libertine writers; for example, Sofa by Crebillon Jr. announces itself as precisely that, a moral tale. Sofa is a libertine sequel to The Arabian Nights and its moral anticipates the one to be later developed in The Dangerous Liaisons, the true love conquers all, including the committed libertines. Another surprise is that this idea did find its reflection in the author’s life: after doing some time in the royal prison of Bastille, Crebillon Jr. had settled down and became a censor.


About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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