Wednesday, December 21, 2011
VATHEK: Decadent Novel - by William Beckford Illustrated by Odilon Redon
VATHEK: By William Beckford
Classic Decadent Gothic Novel
VATHEK by WILLIAM BECKFORD still remains to be one of the most extreme examples of strange 18th Century English Literature ever - a crawling meditation on the vile transgressions of the deparaved - witches, demons, sacrifice, sexual excess and other spectral horrors mark the progress of Vathek, the ninth caliph of the Abassides - eternally addicted to women, glutony and all things extreme - on a pilgrimage to the underworld where sin and damnation flower into eternal torture. Highly unusual fiction with a mystical eastern flavor.
This edition is illustrated by the bizarre b&w lithographs of 19th century symbolist, ODILON REDON - Classic Gothic Decadent Literature first published in 1816 - it was acclaimed by authors ranging from Byron to H. P. Lovecraft.
"Vathek marches onward with a phantasmagoric pomp in which the laughter is that of skeletons feasting under arabesque domes. The descriptions are triumphs of weird coloring which raise the book to a permanent place in English letters."
-- H. P. Lovecraft
Creation Edition 2000 -123 Page Paperback - b&w illustrations by Odilon Redon / Decadent Novel / Literature / scarce book - Price: $20.00
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