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Beckford, William Thomas: The History of Caliph Vathek. V1. 30 Nov 2012
The History of the Caliph Vathek can best be summarized as a type of morality tale, though its tone should not be too overstated as it also relies on a subtle type of parody. The work starts with a description of the Caliph, a Muslim ruler, Vathek and his numerous sensuous interests. These interests include numerous palaces, each devoted to a type of sense, such as the palace of perfumes and flowers devoted to smell. Furthermore, it is claimed that Vathek himself is a man of near monstrous appetites, include food, drink, and women. Indeed, it is Vathek’s gluttonous behavior and attempts to reach beyond his limits that eventually place him in the central pearl of the work.
'Bene legere saecla vincere'.
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