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First published in France in 1798, this is the first english text, translated (with a 14-page introduction) by Erik Butler of a minor classic of the French Gothic. It concerns a noble young mother buffeted by misfortune, flying from one disaster to the next, only to fall victim, time and again, to seemingly supernatural depravity. . . . in the course of her adventures, Pauliska traverses the greater part of Europe and winds up in the clutches of mad scientists, libertines, political conspirators, smugglers, counterfeiters, and more. Pauliska is very much a part of the roman noir genre, which countered the optimistic mood of the Age of Enlightenment with a fatalistic vision of individual and communal life at the mercy of ancestral curses, unspeakable secrets, and dark desires. Despite its debt to de Sade’s Justine, its contradictions, sensationalistic title and generic traits, Pauliska displays genuine originality and gusto.
''Révéroni’s deliciously lurid novel is a heady dram of vintage gothic . . . With its many moments of fade-to-black fainting, hairbreadth escapes, and rationalizations of what may be supernatural, this book is a high melodrama sure to appeal to fans of the writings of Ann Radcliffe, Matthew Gregory Lewis, and other classic gothicists'' (Publishers Weekly).
Title: Pauliska or Modern Perversity.
Edition: First edition (& 1st printing).
Publisher: Tartarus Press: North Yorkshire.: 2018.
ISBN Number: 191258607X
ISBN Number 13: 9781912586073
Grading: Fine copy in a fine dustjacket (as new).
Item: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: 44860