As Jóias Indiscretas Denis Diderot

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Published: in 1748, this fiction is a take-off on the erotic-oriental tales popular at the time. Set in a sultans court in the Congo, the novel begins with Mangogul (the Sultan) suffering from acute boredom, only to be rescued

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As Jóias Indiscretas  by  Denis Diderot

As Jóias Indiscretas by Denis Diderot
in 1748, this fiction is a take-off on the erotic-oriental tales popular at the time. Set in a sultans court in the Congo, the novel begins with Mangogul (the Sultan) suffering from acute boredom, only to be rescued | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 284 pages | ISBN: | 10.27 Mb

The Indiscreet Jewels (also translated as The Talking Pussy) is perhaps the most daring of Diderots philosophical novels—a fearlessly libertine fable on the order of such ribald classics as Boccaccio and Rabelais. Published in 1748, thisMoreThe Indiscreet Jewels (also translated as The Talking Pussy) is perhaps the most daring of Diderots philosophical novels—a fearlessly libertine fable on the order of such ribald classics as Boccaccio and Rabelais.

Published in 1748, this fiction is a take-off on the erotic-oriental tales popular at the time. Set in a sultans court in the Congo, the novel begins with Mangogul (the Sultan) suffering from acute boredom, only to be rescued by a genie offering the potentate a magic ring that, when pointed at women, causes their genitals, or jewels, to speak.

The resulting story, delightful in its wit and satire, was so openly irreverent and critical of the French Court at Versailles—with the Sultan as Louis XV and his favorite as Mme de Pompadour—that it caused Diderot some egregious trouble with the Parisian authorities.

But The Indiscreet Jewels is more than just a political roman a clef. The Sultans scientific method reveals an allegory of the female body. What the jewels say is at once a parody and supreme example of the French Enlightenments urge to seek knowledge above and beyond the hypocrisies, inhibitions, and limitations of everyday life.



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