Sade and China (4480 words)

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The Marquis de Sade identifies close similarities between the prophets of China and Egypt primarily due to the linguistic parallels between the two countries and in spite of intellectual disagreements of the time. [See Shasha Ma, Sade’s China (Sorbonne Université, 2018, 1:III)]. In his Lettres et mélanges littéraires écrits à Vincennes et à la Bastille [Letters and Literary Miscellania composed in Vincennes and the Bastille], Sade writes that “the leader of the Chinese colonists [...] went to Mexico, [whence he] brought a religion that was almost Christian, except that it was derived from the systems of Ancient Egypt” (Lettres et mé…

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Ma, Shasha. "Sade and China". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 August 2019
[https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=19555, accessed 20 August 2019.]

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