Vathek➬ [Ebook] ➧ Vathek By William Beckford ➸ – Vathek — Wikipdia Vathek Patrick Mallet Babelio Vathek le calife de Samarah est prt toutes les folies pour parvenir au pouvoir ultime dont il rve Le Giaour un trange visiteur lui promet de le condui Vathek — Wikipdia Vathek Patrick Mallet Babelio Vathek le calife de Samarah est prt toutes les folies pour parvenir au pouvoir ultime dont il rve Le Giaour un trange visiteur lui promet de le conduire dans un pays souterrain o tout est fabuleux Aprs avoir sacrifi cinuante enfants au Giaour et son matre Elbis le roi des enfers Vathek prend la route d'Istakhar o il tombe amoureux de la belle Vathek broch William Beckford Achat Livre ou ebook Postface de Stphane Mallarm Vathek neuvime calife des Abassides vit aux confins de l'Orient Samarah Esthte et curieux il entreprend la construction d'une tour pour y lire le ciel Mais sa cruaut est aussi redoute par ceux ui s'opposent lui Un jour un marchand vient lui proposer deux sabres portant une inscription ue nul ne peut dchiffrer Un vieillard parvient finalement Vathek accueil databnffr Vathek conte arabe prcd de Beckford ou le Dmon des fables par G Jean Aubry Paris les Exemplaires Gr in XXXVI p Ac XcR Gr in XXXVI p Ac XcR Vathek conte arabe Vathek neuvime calife de la race des Abbassides tait fils de Motassem et petit−fils d' Haroum Al−Rachid Il monta sur le trne la fleur de son ge Les grandes ualits u' il possdait dj faisaient esprer ses peuples ue son rgne serait long et heureux Sa figure tait agrable et majestueuse ; mais Vathek Conte arabe William Beckford Babelio Vathek n'chappe pas la rgle et propose un environnement plutt effrayant alors ue l'auteur nous emmne d'abord dans l'ge d'or de l'Orient chez un sultan ui jouit de tous les plaisirs de la vie on se retrouve confront ensuite un terrifiant prince rgnant dans un palais sous terrain des magiciens ui sacrifient toute morale pour dcouvrir les secrets de l'univers fr Vathek Beckford William Livres Not Retrouvez Vathek et des millions de livres en stock sur fr Achetez neuf ou d'occasion fr Vathek Beckford William Livres Retrouvez Vathek et des millions de livres en stock sur fr Achetez neuf ou d'occasion Choisir vos prfrences en matire de cookies Nous utilisons des cookies et des outils similaires pour faciliter vos achats fournir nos services pour comprendre comment les clients utilisent nos services afin de pouvoir apporter des amliorations et pour prsenter des annonces Des tiers Vathek Wikipedia Vathek | Gallica Vathek Auteur Beckford William Auteur du texte diteur A Lausanne chez Isaac Hignou compe M DCC LXXXVII Date d'dition Type monographie imprime Langue franais Langue Franais Format IV p ; in Suite du texte Format Nombre total de vues Suite du texte Description.

William Thomas Beckford was an English novelist a profligate and consummately knowledgeable art collector and patron of works of decorative art a critic travel writer and sometime politician reputed at one stage in his life to be the richest commoner in England His parents were William Beckford and Maria Hamilton daughter of the Hon George Hamilton He was Member of Parliament for Wells fro.

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  • Paperback
  • 170 pages
  • Vathek
  • William Beckford
  • English
  • 13 August 2016
  • 9780192836564

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  1. Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Vathek William Beckford Edited with an introduction by Roger Lonsdale London Oxford university press 19701349 187 PagesVathek alternatively titled Vathek an Arabian Tale or The History of the Caliph Vathek is a Gothic novel written by William Beckford It was composed in French beginning in 1782 and then translated into English by Reverend Samuel Henley in which form it was first published in 1786 without Beckford's name as An Arabian Tale From an Unpublished Manuscript claiming to be translated directly from Arabic تاریخ نخستین خوانش روز بیست و سوم ماه می سال 1978 میلادیواتک یا واثق؛ که با عنوان «واتک، حکایتی عربی یا داستان خلیفه واتک» نیز شناخته میشود، رمانی گوتیک داستانهای پر از دلهره، افسون و فریب، ارواح و جادو پیشگان و، به قلم توانای «ویلیام بکفورد»، نویسنده ی انگلیسی است؛ رمان در اوایل سال 1782میلادی، به زبان فرانسه نوشته شده، و بعدها توسط «ساموئل هنلی» به انگلیسی ترجمه شده است؛ چکیده داستان خلیفه واتک واثق، از نواده های هارون الرشید است؛ مادرش کاتاریس، ساحره ای یونانی ست؛ فساد و افزون طلبی، و میل شدید او، به علوم ممنوعه، واتک واثق را، بنده ی ابلیس میکند؛ او میخواهد به گنجهای قدرتمداران پیشین پادشاهان ایران، در خرابه های ایستاکار استخر، دست یابد؛ واتک واثق، پنجاه کودک را قربان میکند، تا در نگاه یکی از چشمانش، توان کشتن پدیدار شود، از پایتختش سامارا سامرا، سفر خویش را آغاز میکند؛ در طول مسیر، عاشق دختر امیری به نام «نورینهار» میشود، که در ادامه ی سفر، دختر نیز او را همراهی میکند؛ پس از رخدادهای عجیب و پر و پیمان در ایستاکار استخر، واتک واثق اجازه ی ورود به شبستانهای ابلیس، در دنیای مردگان را پیدا میکند، و در آن دنیای مردگان، به بیهودگی همه ی گنجها، و شگفتیهای همین زمین، و جهان زیرپا، پی میبرد؛ در پایان، واتک واثق، و همراهانش در انتظار عذاب ابدی خویش، هستند جسمشان دست نخورده باقی خواهد ماند، اما قلبشان همیشه در درون و اندرون، خواهد سوخت؛ ا شربیانی

  2. Bill Kerwin says:

    An odd book and not a completely successful one I cannot deny it a wealth of ironic observation and an elegant style but I believe the author indulges his hobbies and obsessions his Orientalism his ephebophilia his loathing of his mother and other termagants to an extent that distorts this tale of sensuality pride and and destruction instead of informing and enriching it The last twenty pages or so however that relate Prince Vathek's damnation in the underground realm of the angel Eblis are powerful and memorable and very influential on the development of the gothic sensibility in writers as different as Poe and Hawthorne All readers who care about the development of literature should read these last twenty pages but in my opinion they could just as well skip most of the rest

  3. Henry Avila says:

    Caliph Vathek the ruler in fabulous Baghdad and its extended Empire the Middle East and AfricaGrandson of the illustrious Harun al Rashid but not his eual to say the least from the Arabian Nights fame this is fiction folks with only a very vague resemblance to a real man so don't bother to look him up on Wikipedia Being the 9th century the Caliph has absolute power also an evil eye deadly when angered as a lot of his poor victims discovered much too late Nobody looks at Vathek's fearsome eye when the Caliph is in a very bad mood for long and lives Five magnificent palaces he has built for his many amusements full of exotic expensive toys A colossal tower to reach the heavens is erected just for Vathek so he can study the distant perplexing stars he needs amusement the tallest in the world at great cost to his impoverished and oppressed subjects Most nights looking up at the mysterious dark sky and becomes a capable astronomer the royal man while the people below suffer because of the very high taxes Still the Caliph spends money at a tremendous rate his subjects hate him but keep their tongues uiet too many have been silenced butchered not to do otherwise The easily bored plainly wicked Vathek has a new bright city Samarah on the arid desert established who would refuse the command Nevertheless his numerous wives fail to make him happy still things change when a stranger arrives the man though maybe the ugliest on Earth However he has unknown enormous demonic powers The Caliph is given a stupendous saber with carved words on it which are different every day by the sinister stranger from India Giaour infidel Yet they can't be read by the tyrant the languages are unintelligible Vathek cruel mother Princess Carathis practices black magic has committed worst crimes than her spoiled son yes that's possible she is that vicious Trouble begins when they can't locate the eerie Indian At last the stranger Giaour appears and tells Caliph Vathek to kill a few of his people fifty children he survives the riots The Sovereign of the World will be richly rewarded with unlimited wealth in the ruins of the mournful city Istakar Persepolis destroyed by Alexander the Great in 330 BC Everyone feels relief as the Ruler leaves for the dead ancient Persian capital wishing he'd never come back Picking up an Emir's willing young daughter Nouronihar on the way is nature demands it As an enchanting moon is shining down on his caravan an intimidating Genie materializes and strongly advises the evil one not to go any further when Vathek nears the unnatural lonely city understandably deserted but to uickly flee The Caliph makes his ominous decisionI've read a lot of bizarre books but this is one of the weirdestoddest and creepiest you've been warned

  4. Warwick says:

    A preposterous proto orientalist fantasia full of afrits genies harems and evil plots Based very loosely on the life of the ninth century caliph al Wathik it is structured around a Faustian deal with the devil – it's a fast read and tonally uite a strange one Obviously Beckford was enamoured of the 1001 Nights but his story is also shot through with curious elements of his own and it all builds to an unusually dark ending Vathek is sometimes described as a Gothic novel and it does share some of those themes – a sense of the supernatural a love of terror and other extreme emotions a wallowing in non mainstream religion But it's really very different from the usual sense of ruined Catholic castles and continental European gloom that one normally associates with Ann Radcliffe Horace Walpole Matthew Lewis et al Like the later orientalists Beckford was motivated by a curious and not unproductive mix of serious scholarship he studied Arabic and read intently in Islamic history – the book is densely footnoted and prurient titillation In many ways Vathek's mood of sensual indulgence looks forward to consciously ‘decadent’ writers of a hundred years later like Huysmans Vathek like Wilde's Salomé was originally written in French and seems to have had a similarly powerful effect on subseuent French writersBeckford's own sense of decadence comes with a kind of sexual egotism which can feel comfortably thrilling at this distance but which at the time was probably concerning He had a taste for underage boys a predilection that as Hester Thrale noted in her diary is obvious throughout Vathek and he had the money to indulge his tastes – he was staggeringly wealthy making about £100000 a year at a time when £400–500 was enough to live a life of leisure as a gentleman Add to this the fact that his money came from sugar plantations in Jamaica – he gave speeches in parliament against abolishing slavery – and one is left with a rather unpleasant sense of the man behind the bookBeckford had to flee England after he was caught with a thirteen year old boy in an interesting twist his seat in parliament went to ‘Monk’ Lewis – were all these MPs writing Gothic fiction?? and he emigrated to Switzerland where Gibbon in Lausanne organised for him to be publicly shunned But his novel did make waves and was adored by Byron whose The Giaour is heavily indebted to it The ending which takes places in the shadowy underground palace of Eblis is justifiably famous and impressively dark prefiguring a lot of modern horror all the way down to something like ‘I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream’ although the lush setting and language stops it from being uite that bleak Overall it's not especially edifying but if you like the idea of literature written by pervy rich English bastards this is an obvious touchpoint

  5. Paul says:

    There is a story behind my purchasing this book I occasionally bid on book lots at the local auction house Recently I bid on a box of books which looked rather interesting I managed to transpose the numbers and ended up with a different box of books most of which I didn’t want However there were seven folio society book from the late 1950s and early 1960s which I have kept sending the others back to auction This was one of the folio society booksI knew little about Vathek or William Beckford before this It has been classified as a Gothic novel and was written in the 1780s Byron cited it as a source and Keats certainly was influenced by Beckford’s descriptions of the underworld Lovecraft and Poe were also influenced as have been other writers in the fantasy genre There is a touch of the Arabian Nights about this and it is set somewhere in the Middle East It concerns wealthy potentate Caliph Vathek and his exceptionally cruel and evil mother Carathis Vathek is fabulously wealthy has lots of eunuchs lots of wives loves the pleasures of the flesh has built a Babel like tower and is also thirsty for knowledge The story is based around Islam and involves genies djinn and even The Prophet putting in his views from heaven Vathek desires wealth and power and that is where the “fun” begins We have mysterious strangers lots of acts of cruelty and immorality magic artifacts and talismans sacrifice of children pursuit of glory feasting pride and a journey to find treasure and fortune The last twenty pages with the descriptions of hell are uite fun when everyone gets what they deserve These days the story is fairly unremarkable although there are some unusual flourishes; it was originally written in French It is effectively a pact with the devil novel; just set in an Islamic context There are also some comic turns The characters are predictable and rather flat and after a time the descriptions of even fabulous wealth debauchery and cruelty just become boring As a whole it didn’t really work for me but there are also other issues which revolve around Beckford himselfBeckford was wealthy very wealthy inherited and his income at the time was over£100000 a year which was a fabulous amount at the time In later life he was a bit of a recluse and spent way too much money on pointless building projects He wrote Vathek in his early twenties whilst in France The reasons for leaving England are not entirely clear It seems he was conducting an affair with a boy eight years his junior William Courtenay son of an aristocrat The boy’s uncle found out and advertised it in a newspaper Beckford and his wife left the country for a while and he wrote Vathek whilst in France Beckford continued to be noted for eccentricity and there are lots of stories about goings on at his home All this is of little relevance really What is of relevance is the source of his wealth; the slave trade and plantations in Jamaica Byron whilst appreciating Vathek made some rather acerbic comments about Beckford’s wealth I am left with a picture of a man wasting large amounts of money of ornate buildings whilst the sources of his wealth suffer thousands of miles away It left a bad taste

  6. Matthieu says:

    Underground palaces Concealed didacticism Homosexual indiscretions

  7. Duane says:

    This is an 18th century Gothic novel written by an English author but written in the French language It's about an Arabian sultan who makes a deal with the devil which almost never ends well That's an odd mix of tags but this is an odd story It reminds me a bit of Castle Otranto but violent Just not my cup of tea

  8. Jayaprakash Satyamurthy says:

    I seem to have embarked on a re exploration of the gothic genre After finishing a re read of The Castle Of Otranto by Horace Walpole a couple of days back Last night I finished Vathek by William Beckford a novel which also stems from the trend for Orientalist fiction which played upon the exoticism of an imagined Arabic setting largely inspired by translations of The Thousand And One NightsIt's the story of the Caliph Vathek a sensualist and seeker of knowledge whose uest for novelty leads him into the snares of a diabolical plot Promised the jewels and talismans of the pre Adamic kings he embarks on an inverted pilgrim's progress with a suitable endingVathek was written in a burst of inspiration over the course of roughly three days It shows There are many holes in the plot which is episodic and freuently seems to lose itself in byways Vathek is depicted as having the power to strike down his foes with a look from one of his eyes when angered; yet he never uses this power at any point in this book As mentioned above he is portrayed as a seeker of knowledge; yet his chief motivations in the course of the novel are greed and lust We are suddenly informed that he has a brother than two thirds of the way through the story At a certain point as if realising he could meander about forever Beckford visibly reins in his plot and forces a conclusionBut these cavils are beside the point; style is the measure of Beckford's success here and this novel has style in excess weaving a sustained cavalcade of visions that must also be the result of its rapid intense composition The lush sybaritic Palaces of the Senses the many depictions of lavish banuets the darkly comedic scenes of sorcerous doings by Vathek's mother Carathis and her minions various scenes of Vathek's villainy and blasphemy and finally the portrayal of the devil and hell itself are all rendered with a fine eye for arresting original detail A vein of dark humour occasionally tending to farce runs through the story giving us permission not take it all much seriously than Beckford seems to have

  9. Jack says:

    Postmodernism has nothing on Vathek An absolutely bizarre Gothic tale rich in Orientalism and deviltry You may think that the modern era has corned the market in strange difficult texts but there is truly nothing new under the sun Vathek is stranger than strange

  10. Doug says:

    First published in 1786 William Beckford's Vathek was apparently written in the span of 3 days which while it is not an extremely long book is still incredible given its sheer imagination It makes me wonder what else Beckford could have accomplished if his greatest novel was put down on paper in a mere 3 days He was very talented as evidenced by his writing yet apparently was never truly able to harness his talents One may only wonder if he could have even surpassed the fame of writers like Poe had he written Vathek is a wild voluptuous sensual and decidedly dark and Gothic tale about a Middle Eastern Caliph who can have anything he wants any woman or object he desires yet slowly loses everything in his uest for constant sensual appetite The last twenty pages alone put most contemporary Gothic stories to shame and can easily stand with the best of Poe and others in the genre It's interesting that I read this directly following GK Chesterton's The Man Who Was Thursday a book that focuses on the central idea that the true proponents and supporters of anarchy are not the poor and downtrodden but in fact the rich and privileged who sit at the top Vathek certainly follows this line of thinking and shows what can happen when one truly has risen to the top and has unchecked power and privilege Beckford's tale reminded me of similar real life stories I've heard in the news of the rich and elite who rose so high and were given so much that they caved to their baser desires and the fall was prodigious as a result

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