The Monk (Penguin Classics)

The Monk (Penguin Classics)

‘Few may maintain the look of his eye, right away fiery and penetrating’

Savaged by means of critics for its meant profanity and obscenity, and acquired in huge numbers through readers desirous to see even if it lived as much as its lurid acceptance, The Monk turned a succès de scandale while it used to be released in 1796 – now not least simply because its writer was once a member of parliament and merely two decades previous. It recounts the diabolical decline of Ambrosio, a Capuchin stronger, who succumbs first to temptations provided via a tender lady who has entered his monastery disguised as a boy, and keeps his descent with more and more wicked acts of sorcery, homicide, incest and torture. Combining sensationalism with acute mental perception, this masterpiece of Gothic fiction is a strong exploration of the way violent and erotic impulses can holiday in the course of the boundaries of social and ethical restraint.

This version relies at the first variation of 1796, which seemed earlier than Lewis’s revisions to prevent fees of blasphemy. In his advent, Christopher MacLachlan discusses the novel’s position in the Gothic style, and its topics of sexual hope and the abuse of power.

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