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VOISENON So much the better for her; a pleasant...

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[VOISENON ] So much the better for her; a pleasant tale. There is a beginning to everything. No place, no name, no date (1760). In-12 contemporary marbled calf, smooth spine decorated, red edges (corners worn). A nice engraved title. A libertine and oriental fairy tale, with unbridled humour. Voisenon holds a special place among the libertine writers of the Enlightenment, not only because he knew how to combine different genres with lightness, with a very surreal sense of the absurd, but especially and essentially because his tales are based on his female characters. For Voisenon, women are desiring beings, superior to men because they possess a soul, this particularity denoting on the one hand that his stories were intended for female readers, but above all a vision of femininity dear to the author, an essence of femininity transcending the vices and depravities of women observed by Voisenon in his century.