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The Fan-Maker's Inquisition

A novel by

Rikki Ducornet's boldest imaginative act yet-a brilliant novel about the Marquis de Sade that will forever change the way we regard one of history's most notorious men.

Picture a dramatic courtroom scene: during the French Revolution a fan-maker is on trial because of a manuscript seized in her rooms and her friendship with the Marquis de Sade, the notorious author of Justine, who has already been condemned and imprisoned by the same court for his sexual transgressions. Not only has she made exquisite and sexually provocative fans for her friend, but she has also coauthored with the Marquis a book about the infamous Spanish missionary, Bishop Landa, accusing him of massacres and other hideous abuses against the native population of the New World. The men of the court are so consumed with punishing the authors of this scandalous book that they are blinded to the folly of their own accusations against the Marquis.

The Fan-Maker's Inquisition is a novel about books and the reveries that enger them, about the intrinsic necessity of the sovereign imagination, and about the risks of passionate living and thinking.


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December 1998 : USA Hardback

Title: The Fan-Maker's Inquisition
Author(s): Rikki Ducornet
ISBN: 0-8050-5926-1 / 978-0-8050-5926-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
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Paperback Editions

October 2000 : USA Paperback

Title: The Fan-Maker's Inquisition: A Novel of the Marquis de Sade (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
Author(s): Rikki Ducornet
ISBN: 0-345-44104-4 / 978-0-345-44104-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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August 1957 : USA Paperback

Title: Fan-Maker's Inquisition
Author(s): Rikki Ducornet
ISBN: 0-8050-5927-X / 978-0-8050-5927-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Owl
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July 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: The Fan-Maker's Inquisition
Author(s): Rikki Ducornet
Publisher: Dzanc Books
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