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Octave Mirbeau

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Octave Mirbeau (16 February 1848 – 16 February 1917) was a French journalist, art critic, travel writer, pamphleteer, novelist, and playwright, who achieved celebrity in Europe and great success among the public, while still appealing to the literary and artistic avant-garde. His work has been translated into thirty languages.

Mirbeau spent his childhood in a village of the Normandy, ... more »

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  • ''When one tears away the veils and shows them naked, people's souls give off such a pungent smell of decay.''
    Octave Mirbeau (1850-1917), French journalist, author. "14 September," (1900). The Diary of a Chambermaid.
  • ''The greatest danger of bombs is in the explosion of stupidity that they provoke.''
    Octave Mirbeau (1850-1917), French journalist, author. "Pour Jean Grave," Le Journal (Feb. 19, 1894). Referring to a bombing campaign, which Jean ...
  • The universe appears to me like an immense, inexorable torture-garden.... Passions, greed, hatred, and lies; law, social institutions, justice, love, glory, heroism, and religion: these are its monstr...
    Octave Mirbeau (1850-1917), French journalist, author. "The Garden," ch. 9, The Torture Garden (1899).
  • ''Murder is born of love, and love attains the greatest intensity in murder.''
    Octave Mirbeau (1850-1917), French journalist, author. "The Manuscript," The Torture Garden (1899).
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