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Le moine (1796 - French)

De Matthew gregory Lewis, Léon de Wailly ajouté le May 30, 2010 (environ 438 pages)

Roman

Voici peut-être le plus fameux des romans gothiques (ou romans noirs), ces romans qui ont tenu un grande place dans la littérature anglaise de la fin du XVIIIe et du début du XIXe siècle et qui étaient conçus pour tenir le lecteur éveillé d'effroi la nuit.

À l'époque de l'Inquisition, Ambrosio, prieur du couvent des Capucins à Madrid, est admiré pour sa vertu et la pureté de sa foi. Les fidèles se bousculent pour assister à ses célébrations de messes et tremblent devant ses sermons. Cet homme rigide et pur ne se sent d'amitié que pour un jeune moine, Rosario. Mais celui-ci va révéler sa véritable identité et la vie du prieur va basculer, entraînant de nombreuses victimes dans les pires infamies...

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The monk (1796 - English)

De Matthew gregory Lewis ajouté le Oct 18, 2009 (environ 624 pages)

Roman

One of the most extravagantly dark works of Gothic fiction ever written in English, admired by the likes of Lord Byron and the Marquis de Sade, The Monk drew a firestorm of criticism when it was published in 1796. Contemporaries condemned it as "lewd," "libidinous and impious." "Lust, murder, incest, and every atrocity that can disgrace human nature," one critic cried, "brought together, without the apology of probability, or even possibility." Of course, it was an immediate best seller. Written by Matthew Lewis at the tender age of nineteen, The Monk tells of the violent downfall of the monk Ambrosio. Idolized by all Madrid for his spotless character, the proud Ambrosio is privately tormented with lust for Matilda and, once sated, with overpowering desire for the pure and innocent Antonia, whom he rapes and murders in the crypt of Saint Clare. Sentenced to death by the Inquisition, he sells his soul to the devil, with unusually bad results. But the plot is only part of the book's appeal. The Monk is a bubbling cauldron of Horror characters and motifs. Ghosts, murderous banditti, the Wandering Jew, a gypsy fortune teller, the Bleeding Nun, the Grand Inquisitor, and Satan himself all have roles in the drama. Characters are buried alive, tortured, tempted by demons, and torn apart by riotous mobs, in settings that include castles, monasteries, and dungeons.

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Taille: 443 Ko

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