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The Indiscreet Jewels Denis Diderot

The Indiscreet Jewels

Denis Diderot

Published in 1748, this fiction is a take-off on the erotic-oriental tales popular at the time. Set in a sultans court in the Congo, the novel begins with Mangogul (the Sultan) suffering from acute boredom, only to be rescued
ISBN : 9780941419826
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Published in 1748, this fiction is a take-off on the erotic-oriental tales popular at the time. Set in a sultans court in the Congo, the novel begins with Mangogul (the Sultan) suffering from acute boredom, only to be rescued by a genie offering theMorePublished in 1748, this fiction is a take-off on the erotic-oriental tales popular at the time. Set in a sultans court in the Congo, the novel begins with Mangogul (the Sultan) suffering from acute boredom, only to be rescued by a genie offering the potentate a magic ring that, when pointed at women, causes their genitals, or jewels, to speak. The resulting story, delightful in its wit and satire, was so openly irreverent and critical of the French Court at Versailles—with the Sultan as Louis XV and his favorite as Mme de Pompadour—that it caused Diderot some egregious trouble with the Parisian authorities. But The Indiscreet Jewels is more than just a political roman a clef. The Sultans scientific method reveals an allegory of the female body. What the jewels say is at once a parody and supreme example of the French Enlightenments urge to seek knowledge above and beyond the hypocrisies, inhibitions, and limitations of everyday life.