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‘Graphic, almost pornographic tale of darkness and evil’ Guardian

Noble and devout, Ambrosio is the abbot of a Spanish monastery and spends his days in prayer and preaching. However his monastery is harboring a malevolent force in the form of a young monk called Rosario. Rosario attaches himself to the abbot and then one fateful night reveals that he is in fact a beautiful woman in disguise. From this moment on Ambrosio finds himself seduced into a lurid maelstrom of sin and vice that it is impossible for him to resist.

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Reviews

What distinguishes The Monk from a whole raft of lesser imitations is the quality of the storytelling... judicious use of humour...great visual immediacy. Though predating the invention of cinema by a century, The Monk contains many scenes which are structured like a film script... a remarkable understanding of human psychology. The relationship between sex, violence, power and celebrity is explored in a way that strikes definite chords. Ambrosio is an intellectual with the charisma of a rock idol who has risen to the top by the suppression of his passions and, when they are released, they seethe with an intensity which burns off the page

Sunday Times

One of the most shocking Gothic novels

Independent

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  • Paperback

    9780099519034

    November 2, 2009

    Vintage Classics

    560 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Paperback

    9780140436037

    December 1, 1998

    Penguin Classics

    416 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • The Monk
    Matthew Lewis

    EBook

    9780141974491

    August 22, 2012

    Penguin eBooks

    448 pages

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  • EBook

    9781409086345

    September 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    560 pages

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  • The Monk
    Matthew Lewis

    EBook

    9780141908038

    March 3, 2010

    Penguin eBooks

    456 pages

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