By Thomas Keymer, William Beckford
"Woe to the rash mortal who seeks to grasp that of which he should still stay ignorant; and to adopt that which surpasseth his power!"
One of the strangest and such a lot unforgettable eighteenth-century novels, Vathek is a wild Gothic myth whose sensuous mind's eye and gruesome comedy have encouraged writers from Byron to Lovecraft. The Caliph Vathek is dissolute and debauched, and hungry for wisdom. while the mysterious Giaour bargains him boundless treasure and unrivalled energy he's keen to sacrifice his god, the lives of blameless youngsters, and his personal soul to meet his obsession. Vathek's impressive trip to the subterranean palace of Eblis, and the terrifying destiny that there awaits him, is an enthralling story of magic and oriental delusion, surprising violence and corrupted love, whose mixture of ethical myth, gruesome comedy, and evocative good looks defies type.
This new version reprints Beckford's approved English textual content of 1816 with its tricky and interesting notes. In his new creation, Thomas Keymer can pay unique recognition to the novel's literary traits, its hybrid nature and its connections with oriental fiction and the Gothic in addition to to its origins and Beckford's scandalous public character. thoroughly reset, the second one variation comprises new, fuller notes, an up to date bibliography, and a brand new chronology of the writer.
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