The Nun

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OUP Oxford, Sep 11, 2008 - Fiction - 240 pages
28 Reviews
'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 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. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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User Review  - Nadia - Goodreads

Left the finale unread. That's just too painful to read. Who could say that nuns can be so cruel? We are used to that sometimes priests are. But nuns. And this is based on a real story, so it doubles the effect. Read full review

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User Review  - Eddy Galle - Goodreads

A bit too long but i suppose Diderot wants to make his point. Read full review

About the author (2008)

Russell Goulbourne is a Lecturer in French a the Unviersity of Leeds.

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