The Nun

The Nun

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'You can leave a forest, but you can never leave a cloister; you are free in the forest, but you are a slave in the cloister.' 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 success 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 234 pages
  • 127 x 190.5 x 17.8mm | 158.76g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0192804308
  • 9780192804303
  • 750,247

About Denis Diderot

Russell R. Goulbourne is lecturer in French at the University of Leeds, England.show more

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