Sade and China

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

Shasha Ma (China University of Political Science and Law)
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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 mélanges

: I, 219). [Translations throughout article by author.] In the marquis’s eyes, not only was Egypt the cradle of Chinese religion, but it…

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Citation: Ma, Shasha. "Sade and China". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 August 2019 [, accessed 21 June 2024.]

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