The Diary of a Chambermaid

The Diary of a Chambermaid

Octave Mirbeau


Written as a satire of Parisian society within the wake of the Dreyfus Affair, this novel was once brushed off by way of critics of the time as pornography. Mirbeau brings a journalist's analytical eye to the chambermaid Celestine's adventures as she loses her innocence and turns into as corrupt and wicked because the males who take advantage of her. lifelike and compelling, the tale has attracted the eye of Jean Renoir and Luis Brunel, who filmed it; and it's been in comparison with Fanny Hill and the Marquis de Sade's Justine and Juliette.

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