The History of the Caliph Vathek by William Beckford, Fiction, Fantasy

The History of the Caliph Vathek by William Beckford, Fiction, Fantasy

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"The descriptions of Vathek's palaces and diversions, of his scheming sorceress-mother Carathis and her witch-tower with the fifty one-eyed negresses, of his pilgrimage to the haunted ruins of Istakhar (Persepolis) and of the impish bride Nouronihar whom he treacherously acquired on the way, of Istakhar's primordial towers and terraces in the burning moonlight of the waste, and of the terrible Cyclopean halls of Eblis, where, lured by glittering promises, each victim is compelled to wander in anguish for ever, his right hand upon his blazingly ignited and eternally burning heart, are triumphs of weird coloring which raise the book to a permanent place in English letters." -- H. P. Lovecraft, in "Supernatural Horror in Literature"
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Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 156 x 230.6 x 8.9mm | 222.26g
  • Rockville, MD, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1587156938
  • 9781587156939

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