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Il romanzo orientaleggiante Vathek titolo originale Vathek, o in alcuni testi Vathek, an arabian tale rese il suo autore, il viaggiatore e scrittore inglese William Beckford, molto pi famoso dei suoi libri di viaggio Beckford compose Vathek in francese nel 1785, di getto, in tre soli giorni e due notti e lo pubblic in inglese a Losanna nel 1787....

Title : Vathek (Italian Edition)
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ISBN : B07117XFFJ
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Language : Italienisch
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Number of Pages : 361 Pages
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Vathek (Italian Edition) Reviews

  • A. Wolf
    2019-04-28 21:00

    William Beckfords 1786 erschienener Roman "Vathek, an Arabian Tale" zählt zu den frühsten Werken im Genre der Gothic Novel. Aber nicht nur zu den frühsten, sondern auch zu den gewagten. Die Eigenart der ersten Schauerromane ist es, dass sie in der Regel an exotischen Orten spielen, die in einer entfernten Vergangenheit liegen. Man denke etwa an Horace Walpole's "Castle of Otranto" oder Ann Radcliff's "The Mysteries of Udolpho". Und so lässt auch Beckford die orientalische Geschichte um den Kaliphen Vathek im Stile der "Märchen von Tausendundeiner Nacht" in einer imaginären, exotischen Vergangenheit spielen.Vathek ist Herrscher über den Palast der fünf Sinne, wo jeder Sinnesdurst Erfüllung finden kann. In dieser exotisch-sinnlichen Welt der erotischen, lukullischen, musischen und vielen weiteren Genüsse, gibt es scheinbar keine Grenzen. Bis eines Tages ein mysteriöser Fremdling Vatheks Sinnsuche nach dem Ursprung aller Dinge anstachelt. Nach diversen Opfergaben, mit denen Vathek - von Sehnsüchten und Wissensdurst getrieben - die Gunst des Wesens immer zu beschwichtigen sucht, begibt sich der Kaliph schließlich auf eine Pilgerreise. Ziel: der Palast von Eblis, jener Ort, an dem Vathek auf die einzig wahre Stillung all seiner Leidenschaften hofft. Mit kompromissloser Grausamkeit bahnt sich Vathek seinen Weg dorthin.Als Vathek und Nouroninhar, seiner jugendlichen Geliebten, die Pforte zum Palast aufgetan wird, mischt sich die üppigste und prächtigste Ausstattung mit extremsten Qualen und Schmerzen der Bewohner. Erst jetzt beginnen Vathek und Nouroninhar zu begreifen, an welchem Ort sie wirklich angelangt sind: in der Hölle."Vathek" ist ein beachtliches Stück Literatur, das man keinesfalls unterschätzen sollte. Der kurzweilig anmutende Roman entführt - oder besser: verführt - den Leser in eine farbenprächtige Welt der Gegensätze. Schönes und Hässliches, Helles und Dunkles, Erhabenes und Grässliches liegen hier Seite an Seite, vermischen sich, bedingen einander. Beckford spielt mit diesen Gegensätzen und komponiert sie aus. Trotz großem Überfluss ist Durst ein Leitmotiv des Romans. Wer es philosophisch mag, der kann hier ein Spiel zwischen sokratischer und epikuräischer Philosophie entdecken. Ein Leben gemäß den Prinzipien der Sittsamkeit oder denen der Lust. Und Vathek, der die Wahl zwischen beiden Möglichkeiten hat, erliegt seiner Schwachheit. Er macht sich auf eine Pilgerfahrt, die, von zahlreichen Abenteuern begleitet, schließlich in der Hölle endet.Der Legende nach will William Beckford "Vathek" innerhalb von 3 Tagen und zwei Nächten geschrieben - im Anschluss an eine wilde Weihnachtsorgie. Das Original wurde übrigens in französischer Sprache niedergeschrieben. Der Stoff inspirierte insbesondere Byron und viele weitere Künstler. Beckford selbst musste sich Zeit seines Lebens um eines niemals sorgen: Geld. Denn das hatte er im Überfluss. Eine psychobiografische Deutung von "Vathek" drängt sich auf. Die Frage, was einer mit all dem Geld macht, beantwortete Beckford seiner Zeit auch für jedermann sichtbar: Sein Anwesen "Fonthill Abbey" erhielt einen gigantischen gotischen Turm und wurde selbst zu einem Palast der Sinne, bis das Gebäude schließlich einstürzte. Den Architekten dieser Lust verschonte es, so dass dieser bald "Lansdowne Hill" errichtete. Es ging das Gerücht, dass hier Ausschweifungen aller Art begangen würden, im berühmt-berüchtigten "Lansdowne Tower".Was William Beckford hinterlassen hat, ist ein opulentes Feuerwerk der Farben und der Sinnlichkeit, dessen Anti-Held mehr und mehr in die Einsamkeit gerät. Nachhegeben hat er immer wieder den dunklen Wünschen, dem Lustprinzip, den Trieben. "Die Gier des Menschen" könnte unter diesem Roman stehen, der sich unter den gothic novels als ungewöhnlich herausnimmt - und deswegen durchaus wertvoll ist.

  • None
    2019-05-08 21:20

    The book itself is absolutely wonderful, and I'd reccomend it to anyone. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is because the readability (if that's actually a word) is somewhat damaged by the fact that it's a translation from French. I also would warn anybody who is attracted to 'gothic' novels (i.e. The Monk, The Castle of Otranto). It's set in the Middle East and, although there are certain moments of gothic quality horror, over all, the setting somewhat ruined the classification under which it was reccomended to me, and, as any true gothic fan will know, setting is crucial to such novels.

  • mp
    2019-05-08 19:07

    Beckford's "Vathek" is the tale of Vathek, a Caliph from the near east, for whom gluttony is a way of life. He partakes of everything to extremes in his marvelous palace - food, wine, women, and most importantly, knowledge. His mother Catharis encourages and fosters his love of the dark arts, by which he comes to summon a Giaour, a foul demon.The Giaour promises the voracious Vathek to grant him access to the realm of Eblis and Soliman, where he will command all demonic forces and be privy to enough knowledge to satisfy his curiosity. To this end, Vathek engages in wanton and reckless murders, seductions, and blasphemies against the patient divinity 'Mahomet' and his benificent spirits.One sees in "Vathek" a comparable theme with Montesquieu's "Persian Letters". In both, we have a tyrant, (Montesquieu's Usbek is a domestic tyrant) who abandons, and ultimately relinquishes all capacity to control their dominions or themselves - All for the pursuit of knowledge.Vathek can thus be seen as a critique of the Enlightenment and of enlightened despotism, so much the rage in Europe in the late 18th century. Beckford seems to rail at knowledge being held above respect for a common humanity. Overall a very interesting novel in many respects and aside from Beckford's unnecessary authorial interruptions, a solid read.

  • Louise Dana
    2019-05-20 00:11

    Beckford's story is what is known as an Oriental tale; it falls into the sub-division known as 'Satanic.' The reader will easily see why. Vathek kills casually, his mother Carathis positively gleefully; they hold traffic with evil spirits, Carathis raising them up when necessary. What they do, they do to gain access to the Palace of Subterranean Fire. This story moves along well, with plenty of darkly humourous comments. The translation process does not seem to have impaired the book's readability; if so, it was probably due to the fact that Beckford and a colleague only worked on it sporadically--Beckford kept on having to remove himself from England to prevent unpleasantness. His tastes are reflected in his fiction.

  • Chromeheart
    2019-05-13 23:22

    First off... THIS IS A SATIRE, PEOPLE.Vathek is such an anachronistic disaster that it barely makes sense, but worth reading for its historical significance. I cannot believe the number of negative reviews from people who obviously couldn't grasp the fact that Vathek is a satire. You the reader are not supposed to sympathize with Vathek or approve of his actions; you're supposed to chuckle and think "what an idiot" and then laugh some more at the horrible cultural mockery on almost every page.Here's what your in for: An overdone parody of a muslim Caliph who resides in ancient Babylon goes on a vaguely Faustian escapade, following an Indian demon-thing to Hell in his quest to acquire King Solomon's talismans. King Solomon has a permanent residence in Hell as punishment for chasing after forbidden knowledge. Vathek's mother is an evil Magus who doesn't need to eat or sleep, who erected the Tower of Babel as an extension of their palace in Babylon, and she can use astrology to spy on people. Of course all the names are changed, muslims are "musselmans," Solomon is "Soliman," the tower of Babel is simply called "The Tower," etc., so someone who isn't very bright may not make the connections. The sum of all parts is comically bad, and it ends with a painful paragraph of moralizing drivel using a lot of words to say that hedonists go to hell when they die.In order to "get" the humor, you need to have functional background knowledge of ancient Babylon, Solomonic lore, what real muslims do, etc, etc. It probably would seem like an awful book full of pointless violence if you don't understand any of the references. Also worth noting that Goethe was one of Beckford's contemporaries and competitors, hence his writing of a Faustian tale that, on the surface, seems like it couldn't be more different than Faust.

  • Kindle Customer
    2019-05-02 18:14

    Vathek is a Caliph who didn't learn to rule his kingdom well, or how to behave correctly. He is primarily concerned with indulging his five senses. He is a sybarite. Extravagance being his native way, he builds five palaces onto the existing palace - one to over indulge each of his five senses to the point of satisfaction. Only Vathek is never really satisfied by anything. He always wants more power, a lovelier girl, more exotic food, a more sophisticated fragrance or a strange gift from a remote country. The fact is that Vathek is very self absorbed and when you are the Caliph, people let you get away with just about anything. It doesn't help that his mother is an evil sorceress and she enables all his bad behaviour.Vathek builds a tower onto his palaces that gets close to heaven where supernatural forces are watching him, deciding what to do. A servant of evil disguised as a beggar comes to the palace with wondrous things Vathek has never seen before. When Vathek beholds them he is shocked. He asks the beggar many times what his name is and where the items came from. The beggar never replies. They kick the beggar repeatedly and throw him in jail. The next morning, the guards are dead and the beggar is gone. Mom does a divination and determines the beggar was more than he seems, and must be the key to power and riches of the preadimite kings. This is the path to evil, but the rewards are extravagantly outrageous. So, Mom pushes Junior to do some really rotten deeds, but he wasn't complaining. He does every rotten thing she asks.The body of the story consists of Vathek at home and on the road indulging himself, repenting, indulging, repenting, etc. Until finally, well you will have to read the book to find out. I really enjoyed the ending. It was very creative in a cruel, everlasting way.If you like fairytales and want a HEA, skip this one. This is more a Grimm type fairytale. Death, burned beards, lots of kicking and everlasting torment are not your average happenings for a Disney story, so don't read it to younger kids, unless you want to give them nightmares. You do get two dwarves, some geniis afrits and evil Dives(?) I'm not quite sure what an evil Dive is, but they cause untold amounts of evil, so leave them alone.The moral of the story: be humble, be frugal, think of others before yourself.

  • Joshua Valin
    2019-04-24 17:59

    VATHEK is considered a gothic novel, but there it little gothic about it. There are no churches or castles, and the maiden does not run from the caliph for long. However, there are a great many supernatural elements taken from Arab mythology, at least as they were understood by William Beckford. These elements may make this tale worth reading some 230 or so years after it was written. Indeed, I found it delightful despite the digressions from the main narrative involving Vathek and his mother's quest for hidden knowledge and power in the hands of the forces of evil. This is a very orientalist tale envisioning a Middle East that was once rich in culture and empire, and for that it is also worth reading today.

  • arnyfors
    2019-05-02 15:59

    With a predictably four ending, this gothic tape is one of the originals, having been published in 1786. It gives firm evidence that the dark impulse has always been part of humanity. The language is charming, the settings suitably foreboding and dangerous, and the supernatural suitably creepy. Excellent!