The Monk (Penguin Classics)

‘Few may well maintain the look of his eye, instantaneously fiery and penetrating’

Savaged by means of critics for its meant profanity and obscenity, and acquired in huge numbers via readers desirous to see no matter if it lived as much as its lurid popularity, The Monk turned a succès de scandale while it was once released in 1796 – now not least simply because its writer was once a member of parliament and simply 20 years previous. It recounts the diabolical decline of Ambrosio, a Capuchin greater, who succumbs first to temptations provided via a tender lady 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 throughout the boundaries of social and ethical restraint.

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

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