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Ziska: The Problem of a Wicked Soul

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Mary Mackay was a British novelist who began her career as a musician, adopting the name Marie Corelli for her billing. She gave up music, turning to writing instead and in 1886 published her first novel, A Romance of Two Worlds. In her time, she was the most widely read author of fiction but came under harsh criticism from many of the literary elite for her overly ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Dodo Press (first published 1898)
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Marts  (Thinker)
Feb 04, 2014 Marts (Thinker) rated it it was amazing
Of supernatural love, thrills, exotic dancing... of a London society specific to defined gender roles, thoughts on beliefs in higher beings, bent on specified human purpose... of a man with two daughters in need of husbands, a Dr. Dean in love with history and spiritualism, a Mr. Murray in love with a beautiful woman and his sister... of a famous yet utterly material french artist, and a beautiful princess called Ziska... of an Egyptian secret and a mystery...

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Jun 19, 2016 Megha Chakraborty rated it really liked it
Vengeance at its best. loved it.
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Madasin Mayfair
Nov 10, 2012 Madasin Mayfair rated it really liked it
Corelli employs satire at the beginning of the novel to remark on false sense of superiority of the English at the end of the 19th century. Much of this can be linked to the themes that have been discussed throughout the course such as anxiety over racial, gender, social and economic principles that added to the discussions of degeneration of Victorian traditional frameworks. Corelli comments on the issues two-fold: first through the characters within the novel and secondly through her narrative ...more
Jul 26, 2016 Gypsi rated it liked it
Marie Corelli was a highly popular writer of sensational novels in the Victorian era. She combined high melodrama with an attempt to reconcile Christianity with reincarnation, astral project and other spiritual aspects not generally associated with Christianity. With Ziska, Corelli uses the medium of novel writing as a vehicle for just that crusade.

The plot of Ziska takes place in the British society's "Season" in Cairo. According to Corelli, t is just the same as the London Season, only with sl
Marie Corelli (the nom de plume of Mary Mackay) writes a strangely fun and funny story about vengeance, passion, morality, and life after death. It's strange, because the story really shouldn't work, but it does.

The opening rundown of the British tourists swarming through Egypt is spot-on, skewering all and exposing their vanity and ambition. Corelli doesn't pull any punches here; really, she shows no mercy to her characters throughout the whole story. If they have faults, the reader knows about
Dec 05, 2012 Mel rated it it was amazing
I first heard of Marie Corelli a couple of days ago while reading Dancers at the End of time. The prim Victorian Christian "didn't care for her novels". So when I found a copy of Ziska in the oxfam in Crouch end I was intrigued to learn more. It said it was a supernatural tale set among the idle rich in 19th century Egypt which sounded great. I have to say I really loved this book! It was kinda like Bram Stoker but written by a woman populated with people usually found in Oscar Wilde or Evelyn ...more
Feb 14, 2013 Jack rated it it was amazing
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I read this book as part of a literary criticism class on Gothic monsters. As it stands in that setting, this book has a lot to offer. The author, Marie Corelli, is a bit of an anomaly compared to the stereotype of Victorian horror writers. She was very successful, rich, and famous during her life, but then fell into obscurity after her death. The book offers easy analysis from a variety of literary schools due to its content, which not only involves the social issues of the day, but broader ...more
Descending Angel
Jun 22, 2016 Descending Angel rated it liked it
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A pretty basic revenge story, not very original, it's the kinda of story thats been told alot so it seemed pretty familiar when i was reading it. It's pretty obvious that books like The Picture Of Dorian Gray and especially Haggard's She had an influence on this book. Despite lacking suspense (basilcy from the begining it's clear whats gunna happen) i enjoyed it quite abit. I liked the characters, the themes (reincarnation, ghosts, souls, love.....) and i don't know what it is but i really like ...more
Claudia Carr
Nov 11, 2011 Claudia Carr rated it liked it
More like a novella, Mare Corelli was the great writer of sensation novels and Queen Victoria's favourite writer; it's talky set in Egypt,& I recommend this if you like the above & especially if you enjoy reincarnation romance. There is also a nifty surprise. So well done!
Mar 14, 2016 Anurag rated it liked it
This book is weird in a good way. A very enjoyable read, only that it suffers from oscillating behaviour between too much of supernatural and philosophy to sudden thuds of realism. Not necessarily bad, but somehow takes your focus away.
Jul 19, 2016 Ckingry5 rated it it was ok
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It was not at all what I was expecting. This is supposedly an American Gothic novel, probably not a genre I would revisit as it is simply not what I am interested in. It had an interesting underlying theme of a twisted life after death, but other than that I didn't find it very enjoyable.
Alexia Wells
Mar 02, 2014 Alexia Wells rated it really liked it
She is always a different thinker with powerful women characters. I always get the feeling there is a secret in her words so I keep reading her.
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Jul 22, 2012 Cheryl Koblinsky rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. I did find that I had to concentrate on the style of writing since it was written during the Victorian times. I would choose to read another book by this author.
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Marie Corelli (born Mary Mackay) was a best-selling British novelist of the Victorian and Edwardian eras, whose controversial works of the time often label her as an early advocate of the New Age movement.

In the 1890’s Marie Corelli’s novels were eagerly devoured by millions in England, America and the colonies. Her readers ranged from Queen Victoria and Gladstone, to the poorest of shop girls. In
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