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The Nun : Oxford World's Classics - Denis Diderot

The Nun

Oxford World's Classics

By: Denis Diderot, Russell Goulbourne (Translator)

Paperback Published: 1st September 2008
ISBN: 9780199555246
Number Of Pages: 240

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Diderot's The Nun (La Religieuse) is the seemingly true story of a young girl forced by her parents to enter a convent and take holy orders. A novel mingling mysticism, madness, sadistic cruelty and nascent sexuality, it gives a scathing insight into the effects of forced vocations and the unnatural life of the convent. A succA]s de scandale at the end of the eighteenth century, it has attracted and unsettled readers ever since. For Diderot's novel is not simply a story of a young girl with a bad habit; it is also a powerfully emblematic fable about oppression and intolerance.
This new translation includes Diderot's all-important prefatory material, which he placed, disconcertingly, at the end of the novel, and which turns what otherwise seems like an exercise in realism into what is now regarded as a masterpiece of proto-modernist fiction.

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`Russell Goulbourne's wide-ranging introduction shows clearly how the work's past significance and it present meaning are linked: Goulbourne's excellent translation maintains the reader's involvement without sacrificing accuracy.' Times Literary Supplement

ISBN: 9780199555246
ISBN-10: 0199555249
Series: Oxford World's Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st September 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 12.7  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.18

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