The History of the Caliph Vathek
By William Beckford
Format: Global Grey edition
Pages (PDF): 93
Publication Date: 1786
Available formats: PDF, epub, Kindle ebook and read online
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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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