The nun

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Folio Society, 1972 - Fiction - 168 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 theunnatural 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 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  - Marie - Goodreads

The whole novel is of epistolar nature, since Suzanne writes this to a Marquis. Imagine Jane Eyre. Well, imagine Jane Eyre, but actually worse. Imagine Jane Eyre in a anti-Catholic propaganda setting ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mirta Stamenić - Goodreads

I can't handle this century. I dig the occassional woe-is-me mental break,but a whole book of nagging is too much. And all that purity and untaintedness gave me 50SOG flashbacks. I hope by the time I pass this goddamn 18th c. French Lit class I still have some nerves left. Read full review

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Denis Diderot was a French philosopher and critic during the Age of Enlightenment. Born in 1713 in Langres, France, Diderot was educated at the University of Paris. From 1745 to 1772 he served as editor of L'Encyclopedie, which he fashioned as a journal of radical revolutionary opinion. He was a leader in the movement to challenge both church and state by furthering knowledge. Diderot also wrote several critical and philosophical works including Pensees sur l'interpretation de la nature (Thoughts on the Interpretation of Nature, 1754). In addition, he published essays based on personal experience, as well as several plays. He is recognized now as an art critic of the first rank. His Essai sur la peinture (Essay on Painting, 1796) won him posthumous praise as a critic of painting technique and aesthetics. He died in Paris in 1784.

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