The Nun

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Oxford University Press, UK, Apr 14, 2005 - Fiction - 240 pages
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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. This new translation includes Diderot's all-important prefatory material. - ;'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 succ--egrave--;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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User Review  - Czarny Pies - Goodreads

The Nun is yet another an example of French anti-clerical writing. It is probably well written and its central story is not far-fetched. Being a practicing Catholic I naturally hated it. However, the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lynn Beyrouthy - Goodreads

Denis Diderot. A name that frequently resonated in my ears during French Literature classes but never sparked my interest until I read a review of this book by one of my goodreads friends Joselito ... Read full review

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