“To priests, soldiers, judges, men who educate, lead and govern men, I dedicate these pages of Murder and Blood”
- The dedication to The Torture Garden by Octave Mirbeau
Today in Literature points out that today is the birthdate of French writer Octave Mirbeau in 1948. The Torture Garden scandalized many when it came out and Mirbeau was so far ahead of his time that in 1907 he titled a novel (La 628-E8) after his license plate number.
Here is a site with various Torture Garden covers and an essay on Mirbeau’s anarchism.