Vathek: An Arabian Tale

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The Floating Press, Jun 1, 2009 - Fiction - 173 pages
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Vathek is one of the earliest and most influential Gothic novels. Its hero is the Caliph Vathek who renounces Islam in a hedonistic quest for supernatural powers, which leads to his downfall. Beckford's genius was in marrying Orientalism with the Gothic, both sources of fascination and delight to reading audiences of the time.
 

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