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Le Jardin des Supplices, (The Torture Garden), by Octave Mirbeau, illustrated by Raphael Freida. 1927. Bound by Saulnier. The novel is sarcastically dedicated "To the priests, the soldiers, the judges, to those people who educate, instruct and govern men, I dedicate these pages of Murder and Blood." It tells a bitter tale of intrigue, corruption and extreme brutality. "Ah, yes! the Torture Garden! Passions, appetites, greed, hatred, and lies; law, social institutions, justice, love, glory, heroism, and religion: these are its monstrous flowers and its hideous instruments of eternal human suffering." states chapter 9. The ghastly, shocking and staggeringly powerful plates by R. Freida complement the text perfectly. Oscar Wilde described the book a "very revolting to me, but for all that, wonderful."

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