The Monk (Penguin Classics)

The Monk (Penguin Classics)

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

Savaged by way of critics for its intended profanity and obscenity, and purchased in huge numbers via readers wanting to see no matter if it lived as much as its lurid recognition, The Monk grew to become a succès de scandale whilst it used to be released in 1796 – no longer least simply because its writer was once a member of parliament and in simple terms two decades outdated. It recounts the diabolical decline of Ambrosio, a Capuchin stronger, who succumbs first to temptations provided by means of a tender woman who has entered his monastery disguised as a boy, and maintains 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 ways violent and erotic impulses can holiday during the limitations of social and ethical restraint.

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

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