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The History of the Caliph Vathek By William Beckford

The History of the Caliph Vathek

William Beckford


Available in PDF, epub, and Kindle ebook. This book has 93 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1786.

Description

Chronicles the fall from power of the Caliph Vathek, who renounces Islam and engages with his mother, Carathis, in a series of licentious and deplorable activities designed to gain him supernatural powers. Vathek was written during a time when part of European culture was influenced by Orientalism. It is an Arabian tale because of the oriental setting and characters and the depiction of oriental cultures, societies, and myth. It's also a Gothic novel with its emphasis on the supernatural, ghosts, and spirits, as well as the terror it tries to induce in the reader.

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