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OUP Oxford, Nov 26, 1998 - Fiction - 170 pages
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Beckford's Gothic novel, Vathek, an Arabian tale, was originally written in French when the author was 21. It is the story of Caliph Vathek, whose eye can kill at a glance, who makes a pact with the Devil, Eblis.

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User Review  - PhilSyphe - LibraryThing

Four years have passed since I read “Vathek” and I remember very little about it. What I do recall is that it was slow, tedious, and neither characters nor plot engaged me at all. Read full review

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User Review  - Dreesie - LibraryThing

A very Gothic late 18th century book. Caliph Vathek and his mother Catharis rule a middle eastern caliphate (?). They want power and riches, and the Genie Giaour promises it to them. There is clearly ... Read full review

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William Thomas Beckford (1760-1844) was an English novelist, art critic, travel writer and politician.

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