The Monk (Penguin Classics)

The Monk (Penguin Classics)

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

Savaged via critics for its intended profanity and obscenity, and purchased in huge numbers via readers desirous to see no matter if it lived as much as its lurid attractiveness, The Monk turned a succès de scandale while it was once released in 1796 – no longer least simply because its writer was once a member of parliament and in basic terms two decades previous. It recounts the diabolical decline of Ambrosio, a Capuchin enhanced, 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 the way violent and erotic impulses can holiday during the boundaries 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 topics of sexual wish and the abuse of power.

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