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The Nun

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Diderot's The Nun (La Religieuse) is the seemingly true story of a young girl forced by her parents to enter a convent and take holy orders. A novel mingling mysticism, madness, sadistic cruelty and nascent sexuality, it gives a scathing insight into the effects of forced vocations and the unnatural life of the convent. A succès de scandale at the end of the eighteenth cen

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I used to talk to Diderot!

Seriously! He was my first literary crush, and the first author who inspired me without exception. From my very first encounter with him at university, I was captivated by the lively, humorous intellectual giant, who could juggle the Enlightenment questions while being social, human, and incredibly funny. I sat in the attic of our university library, where the whole Encyclopédie was arranged and remained rather untouched for decades on end. And I read random articles pe
Lynne King
“So you’re not going to come to see me anymore?”
“No, dear Mother.”
“And you won’t let me come and see you in your cell anymore?”
“No, dear Mother.”
“Will you refuse my caresses?”
“It will be very difficult for me to do so, for I was born affectionate and I like being caressed, but I must. I’ve promised my confessor and I made a vow before the altar.”

Looking at the above, is that the normal conversation between a nun and her mother superior? Perhaps it was at that particular time?

On that note, where
Ahmad Sharabiani
La religieuse = Memoirs of a Nun, Denis Diderot
تاریخ خوانش: پیش از سال 1977 میلادی
عنوان: راهبه؛ نویسنده: دنی دیدرو؛ مترجم: گیورگیس آقاسی؛ تهران، انتشارات پدیده؛ ؟؛ جیبی، موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان فرانسوی - قرن 18 م
عنوان: راهبه؛ نویسنده: دنی دیدرو؛ مترجم: قاسم صنعوی؛ تهران، فرهنگ جاوید؛ 1394؛ در 272 ص؛ شایک: 9786006182704؛
کتاب را سالها پیش از امروز خوانده ام اما داستانش یادم نیست، در ویکیپدیای ورژن انگلیسی راجع به همین کتاب مطالبی نوشته است که در ریویوهای عربی و انگیسی گودریدز نیز هست. ا. شربیا
MJ Nicholls
I’m applying for positions of paid work at the moment (known as a “job”—so I’m told), and after about a month of no replies I’m about ready to sign up for the convent. I would love to be a nun! Provided I had computer and broadband access, and was permitted to read any book I so pleased, I’d put on my habit and sing the sacraments! Unfortunately all the nun positions are filled at the moment, despite me faking three months nunning experience on my CV. (I’m considering changing the name on my CV ...more
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Through the halls and cells of a convent, guarded by high walls and austere religious customs, we follow a young nun making arrangements to escape a future that was imposed on her. She has a knack for logic and no ear for vocation, so she is not able to find any justification for all the suffering and pious rules that govern her. In her fight for freedom she uses all the means of revolt there are: open protest, rigid obedience, lawsuit, relocation etc. Embracing her destiny is not a viable alter ...more
Anthony Vacca
Wowzers! how I loved this book. At face value, this is a slim and straight-forward epistolary novel about a young woman who is forced into covenant life by her awful, self-absorbed parents, who then proceeds to stand firm to her ideals as she is antagonized by sadistic, power-hungry hypocrites and mentally disturbed sex fiends. While Diderot was very much an atheist, he does a praiseworthy turn here giving voice to a sincerely religious narrator that has no desire to live the claustrophobic and ...more
Katerina Charisi
Μια νεαρή κοπέλα εξαναγκάζεται από τους γονείς της να γίνει καλόγρια. Εκείνη δε θέλει αυτή τη μοίρα, αλλά δεδομένου το ότι η ύπαρξή της ντροπιάζει την οικογένειά της, είναι κάτι το απαραίτητο και κάτι για το οποίο ΟΛΟΙ προσπαθούν την πείσουν πως είναι η καλύτερη και πιο συνετή επιλογή που μπορεί να κάνει.

Εκεί στο μοναστήρι θα γνωρίσει τα βασανιστήρια, σωματικά και ψυχικά, από ανθρώπους αφοσιωμένους στο Θεό, οι οποίοι στο όνομά του θεωρούν πως ό,τι κάνουν είναι για το καλό αυτής της ξεστρατισμέν
Jan 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stevenmoore
Man was born to live with his fellow human beings. Separate him, isolate him, his character will go bad, a thousand ridiculous affects will invade his heart, extravagant thoughts will germinate in his brain, like thorns in an uncultivated land.

Given the untimely arrival of our Arctic Vortex, it is fitting that The Nun shudders with a frozen despair. Bone chilling mornings are well suited for such guided tours of the dark side. Abandon your preconceptions of the Enlightenment and moral cautionary
Dec 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to knig by: sourced from MJ
Shelves: whatthe-hell
This went down in one sitting: less a tribute to the literary merits of this novel and more an expose of my coarse, voyeuristic nature. Of the very base, chav chasing, track suit wearing, Vicky Pollard yeah but no but yeah variety where I settle my newly acquired Christmas overhang on the settee, spread out the fries and Baconnaise washed down with a spot of bitter shandy and munch my way through this epic saga of nuns being very, very naughty. In France. And, lets face it, nobody does naughty l ...more
Sep 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
This is an interesting novella, written in the form of a letter, by a nun to someone she hopes will help her break the vows which she took by force.

The young French girl, Suzanne, is a victim of circumstances, hated by her family through no fault of her own, and forced to enter a convent. She takes the orders against her wishes although she realizes she has no vocation.

At the convent she falls into the bad books of the Mother Superior and is abused horrifically, sadistically even. Some of the me
K.D. Absolutely
Jun 16, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010)
Shelves: 1001-core, classics
Funny classic novel about a nun! This novel was originally written as a joke! And a joke it should be read and enjoyed!

La Religieuse (The Nun) is an 18th century French novel, by Denis Diderot. Completed in c. 1780, the work, however, wasn't published until 1796, after Diderot's death. Diderot wrote a letter to his retired companion Marquis de Croismare to entice him to retreat back to Paris. The letter was supposed to be from a nun incarcerated in a convent asking Croismare to save her. Many o
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly

A novel about nun-and-nun lesbian love. In a broader context, about what happens when piety is imposed against one's free will. From his personal experience, Denis Diderot knew it is tragic. His own sister, forced into an Ursuline convent, lost her mind and died there, insane. He himself was once locked up in a monastery by his own father who had wanted him to become a priest. He escaped and instead married his Nanette.

This is an 18th century novel and when it was written by this Frenchman Dider
Mar 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
خشيت لمدة طويلة اقتحام عالم ديدرو فكما اعلم انه عالم موسوعي فهالني ان اقتحم روايتاه التي قد تكون مغرقة في مفردات غريبة و صعبة..الترجمة العربية شجعتني و لم اندم وروز مخلوف ابدعت بصدق في الترجمة ..الرواية بدأت برسالة مطولة لراهبة تعيش الأمرين بين عائلة قتلتها الاسرار ففضلت الأم تقديم سوزان كقربان للدير علها تكفر عن خطيئتها و بين ثلاث اديرة كل منها كانت له عذاباته التي تنسيها في سابقاتها..سوزان الفتاة المتصالحة مع ذاتها رغم صغر سنها البريئة و التي تعرف بالضبط ما الذي تستطيع تقديمه لله و لنفسها حارب ...more
mai ahmd
Dec 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: روايات
من الروايات الكلاسيكية الجميلة والتي غفل عنها القارىء العربي بسبب عدم ترجمتها لذلك أوجه تحية لمشروع كلمة للترجمة على مبادرتها الجليلة في أحياء هذا الكتاب وإخراجه للنور .. تدور فكرة الرواية حول راهبة أدخلت قسرا للدير وقدمت نذورها دون رغبة في ذلك مما جعلها تعاني الأمرين لفقدانها حريتها حيث اقترنت لديها فكرة الإنضمام للدير بفكرة العبودية فحاربت بشتى الطرق للحصول على حريتها ، احتقرت تلك الغباوة السعيدة التي تظهر بها زميلاتها والتي يتفاخرن بها لنيل الرضا واعتبرتها تفاهات لايمكن أن تقوم بها ، هذا الإخ ...more
Diderot finished The Nun in 1760, but it wasn't published in book form until 1796, twelve years after Diderot's death. What's interesting about this is that the novel is based on a practical joke played on the Marquis de Croismare. The Marquis had stayed in Normandy for several years, when one day he received a letter, where a young nun asked help after having escaped from a convent. This "nun" was actually Diderot and his friends. The story was believable, because the letter was based on Margue ...more
Luís C.
The Nun, tells the story of a testimonial, inspired Diderot by real events, of a young girl who will go into orders against her.
Suzanne, to allow his mother to atone for his sin of adultery (and also to allow her two sisters to receive any inheritance from his parents) will end up in a convent.
Despite herself, she pronounced the vows that will devote an entire life in a convent and devoted to prayer and other devotions.
She will try to sue in order to break his vows. Unfortunately, we are still a
Rebecca McNutt
The Nun tells the story of a woman forced into convent life by her family. This classic book, set in France, gives readers an accurate, vivid and at times frightening glimpse of the past.
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of Denis Diderot's The Nun started life as a practical joke on the Marquis whose name is mentioned in the first paragraph. But the more that Diderot looked at it, the more he thought there was a good work of fiction there.

It was rather shameful how young women were locked up in cloistered nunneries because (1) their families were poor and (2) the young women in question were not legitimate. Diderot's Sister Sainte-Suzanne is a case which could conceivably happen. Her second convent was
Hameed Younis
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(La Religieuse) ممكن اختصار رواية الراهبة
تحفة فنية على شكل كلمات وحروف
ربما قد كتبت الرواية قبل اربعة قرون من الآن، ألا انها لازالت تحتفظ بنضارتها وشبابها كأنها حفيدة هذه اللحظات. كتاب ساحر، غني وصادق، يتحدث عن طفلة بريئة ادخلت قسراً للدير واضحت سجينة قوانين وقواعد وعذابات، واضحت الطفلة سجينة التعذيب الجسدي والفروض القسرية والاغراءات غير المرغوب بها
كتاب مثالي لحقة القرن السابع عشر... ديني واخلاقي وعميق
... شكراً للسيدة روز مخلوف على هذه الترجمة البديعة
عمر عبدالفتاح
عجيب جدا !
كيف يمكن أن يوجد كل هذا الشر في مكان، يفترض أنه للعبادة ونقاء الروح
بل كيف يمكن أن تحمل كل هذا الشر والانحراف الأخلاقي والفكري وسوء الطويّة أنفساً يفترض أنها نذرت حالها للطاعة والعفّة والفقر (كما يقولون) !

سوزان سيمونان فتاة نقية متصالحة مع نفسها متسامحة مع غيرها (كما أحب أن أصفها)
أرسلها والداها إلي الدير رغما عنها -فهي لا تميل لحياة الرهبنة (بتاتا)- ، لتكتشف فيما بعد أن هذا العمل كان نتاج خطيئة ارتكبتها والدتها وتحاول أن تكفر عنها عن طريق ابنتها لتستقر الأسرة -لأن أحدا من الأسرة لا يعلم
Doesn't get into the hot girl-on-girl action 'til like halfway through the book, and then it's super not hot. If you're looking for hot 18th-century girl on girl action, you gotta go with Fanny Hill.

It's pleasant and enjoyable to read. I think one problem with The Nun is that I read it right after The Monk, which is way awesomer. If you're only going to read one blasphemous 18th-century lit book this ear, it has to be The Monk, and you can put that on your movie posters.

So, yeah, there you go.
Dams Naima
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ces aveux attendrissants dépeignent le monastère tout en jetant des éclairages sur la détresse de ses religieuses et les empiétements de ses supérieures despotiques. Ils focalisent notre intérêt sur le combat de Suzanne Simonin pour fuir la vie conventuelle qu'elle mène à contre gré. Cette dernière n'a aucun goût pour l'état religieux qu'on lui a imposé. Il lui est contre nature car il lui contraint à refouler ses désirs, acquiescer aveuglement aux ordres des supérieures et s'enfermer à jamais d ...more
Mar 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: neoclasicismo
Narrado en primera persona, Suzanne describe su situación criticando la forma como la sociedad determinaba el futuro de los mujeres.

" Reflexione señorita; es preciso o entrar para siempre en esta casa o ir a algún convento de provincia en el que será usted recibida por una módica pensión y del que no saldrá usted hasta la muerte de sus padres, que aún puede hacerse esperar mucho tiempo..."
Jose Moa
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, based-rality
We have to see The Nun in its historical context in the Enlightement age,Denis Diderot a main autor in this time,a enciclopedist that as others put in question allstablished dogmas and ideas.

This novel is a hard critic to the life in the totally closed convents and the abuse of to forcé Young girls to be nuns closed all hers life against hers will,also is a critic to the religious fanatism and intolerance yet not the own christyan creences,only to part of the catholic stablishment.

The novel tell
Ryan Lieske
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
Published over two hundred years ago, I can only imagine what kind of uproar and scandal it must've caused, because it's still pretty caustic and racy, even by today's standards. Telling the sad story of a young woman forced into a convent, Diderot takes aim at organized religion and the social stigmas of his time. The violence, both physical and emotional, is brutal. And Diderot doesn't shy away from frank depictions of lesbianism. While on the surface the book is certainly aiming to shock, the ...more
Paula W
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was surprisingly good, considering it was not originally written to be published as a novel but written in epistolary style by the author pretending to be a distressed nun in order to play a practical joke on someone. Because of that, I can forgive a lot of things of which I would normally be critical in a book. The things that were good, though, were really good. It reads more easily than I thought it would for something written in the 1700s. I had a great time reading it, and I think I mi ...more
Rosa Ramôa
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Forçar vocações é anti natural...
Pierre E. Loignon
Diderot, c’est pour moi l’écrivain aventurier, l’écrivain de la liberté pure, toujours en mouvement, toujours vif et brillant. Il joue dans l’écriture avec une liberté admirable, toujours rempli de surprises, il aborde tout avec la même légèreté triomphante.
Il va de soi qu’un individu de ce type est très difficile à saisir car sa liberté l’entraîne toujours à explorer de nouvelles possibilités d’existences. Il a ainsi la réputation d’avoir été un matérialiste athée alors qu’il me paraît générale
سمارا البياتي
رواية فرنسية حقيقية لراهبة أُجبرت على الالتحاق بالدير ونذر حياتها للرهبنة دون إرادة منها فأصبحت قصتها الأليمة حديث الصالونات الآدبية طوال عام 1758.

من أروع كتابات ديدرو الذي كان من أبرز مفكري فرنسا وفلاسفتها ومعاصرآ لجان جاك روسو وأقرب أصدقائه، من مؤلفاته حلي فاضحة التي تم بيعها في الخفاء ورسالة عن العميان التي سجن بسببها في دونجون ثم قصر فنسين.

نشرت الرواية بعد موته بستة عشر عامآ في عهد الثورة الفرنسية ثم أحرقت علننآ بناءآ على أمر من محكمة السين.

الرواية هي يوميات مخلوقة بريئة جميلة مرهفة وغاية في
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Romanzo di denuncia (almeno in parte) delle condizioni, simili alla prigionia, all'interno dei conventi, soprattutto quando chi vi entra è costretto dalla famiglia o dalle circostanze.
In molte parti la critica si fa generale e trascende la protagonista.
Cosa non mi è piaciuto del tutto: l'atmosfera morbosa del secondo monastero e l'insistenza su certi dettagli.

A quale circostanza questo libro sarà per sempre legato: comprato usato in una libreria (abbastanza lontana da casa) in cui non ero mai s
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Denis Diderot was a French philosopher, art critic, and writer. He was a prominent persona during the Enlightenment and is best known for serving as co-founder and chief editor of and contributor to the Encyclopédie.

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“Monsignor…you are asking whether I promise God chastity, poverty, and obedience. I heard what you said and my answer is no” 5 likes
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