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      The Nun
      by Denis Diderot, Russell Goulbourne

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      • Places: France
      • Language: english
      • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
      • Author: Denis Diderot, Russell Goulbourne
      • Genres: classics, fiction, france, religion, literature, philosophy, novels, school
      • ISBN: 9780192804303 (0192804308)
      • Release date: July 28, 2005
      • Format: paperback, 189 pages
      • Characters: Suzanne Simonin, Mother de Moni, Sister Sainte-Christine, Monsieur Manouri, Sister Ursule

      About The Book

      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 succès 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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