The Nun, Paperback / softback Book

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'You can leave a forest, but you can never leave a cloister; you are free in the forest, but you are a slave in the cloister.'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 succes de scandale at the end of the eighteenth century, it has attracted and unsettled readers ever since.

For Diderot's novelis 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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  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800
  • ISBN: 9780199555246

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