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The Nun (Penguin Classics)

The Nun (Penguin Classics)
Author: Denis Diderot
ISBN 13: 9780140443004
ISBN 10: 140443002
Edition: Revised ed.
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 1974-05-30
Format: Paperback
Pages: 192
List Price: $14.00

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.