On Choking our Reflection

In 1899, Octave Mirbeau wrote a book called Torture Garden. I do not recommend the book, except perhaps to someone doing an in-depth study of French literary culture.

Mirbeau’s message is one that, today, seems little more than your typical liberal tripe, with its attempt to metaphorically skewer capitalism (and many other things) with overly graphic representations of violence and sexual fetish. Whether that critique had any merit during the late 19th and early 20th centuries does intr…

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