“In the rapture of my enormous humiliation I live in your warm life, and you shall die – die, sweetly die – into mine. I cannot help it; as I draw near to you, you, in your turn, will draw near to others, and learn the rapture of that cruelty, which yet is love”.
With her beauty, a mysterious and languid guest charms a young woman and the other inhabitants of a castle in the Austrian Styria, surrounded by a fairy landscape. But her enigmatic behaviour casts a shadow of disquiet over the peaceful dwell where she sojourns, already imbued with the fear for a disease of unknown origin that ravages the surrounding country and has already claimed the first victims. A story that involves “some of the profoundest arcana of our dual existence, and its intermediates”. A great classic of the Nineteenth century, a beloved masterpiece of gothic literature – frequently adapted into films and reworked through other media – in a new translation focussing on the fascinating twine of suspense and sensuality, sweetness and terror. A twine which is emphasized by the evocative charcoal illustrations by Ana Juan, the protagonists of this illustrated edition, which lead us deeper and deeper inside this black novel and plunge us into an oneiric atmosphere reminiscent of Murnau’s movies. A nightmare imbued with a subtle yet burning eroticism, a delicate love between women that would make any female reader shiver, a frightful and thrilling mystery that, unveiling itself little by little, will make readers hold their breath until the end.
Ana Juan is a Spanish illustrator, author and painter. Born in Valencia in 1961, she moved to Madrid in the early 1980s. She exhibits her works and publishes her books all over the world – Spain, United States, Japan. Well acknowledged for her original, melancholic, romantic and sometimes merciless interpretation of reality and its stories, Ana has illustrated several covers for the New Yorker, editorials for El País and the covers of many novels by Isabel Allende and others classics of the world literature.
Ana Juan was awarded – among other prizes – the Ezra Jack Keats Prize for best new illustrator (The Night Eater, 2005), the Premio Junceda de Ilustración (For you are a Kenyan Child, 2007) and, in 2010, the prestigious Premio Nacional de Ilustración by the Spanish Ministry of Culture.
Books published by #logosedizioni: Amantes (from which the following short stories have also been individually published: Different Love, Faithful Love, Fickle Love, Final Love, Unknown Love and Weekly Love (all available also in Italian, Spanish and French), Circus, L’isola, Snowhite, Sorelle, Postcards Ana Juan, Demeter (also available in Italian, French and Spanish), Promises (also available in Italian, French and Spanish), Complete Works, Carmilla, Lacrimosa (also available in Italian and French), Frida and Anna dei miracoli.
Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu (28 August 1814 – 7 February 1873) was an Irish writer. He worked in many genres but is best known for his mystery and horror fiction. He was the leading ghost-story writer of the nineteenth century and greatly influenced the development of the genre in the Victorian era. The vampire heroine of the novel Carmilla is a complex character that recalls a long tradition of literary vampires and anticipates Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Other famous works by Le Fanu are Uncle Silas and The House by the Churchyard.
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|Author||Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu|
|Dimensions||cm 19,0 x 27,0|