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Zastrozzi, A Romance

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

1. 01 – Chapter I
2. 02 – Chapter II
3. 03 – Chapter III
4. 04 – Chapter IV
5. 05 – Chapter V
6. 06 – Chapter VI
7. 07 – Chapter VIII (There is no Chapter VII)
8. 08 – Chapter IX
9. 09 – Chapter X
10. 10 – Chapter XI
11. 11 – Chapter XII
12. 12 – Chapter XIII
13. 13 – Chapter XIV
14. 14 – Chapter XV
15. 15 – Chapter XVI
16. 16 – Chapter XVII

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Summary

“Would Julia of Strobazzo’s heart was reeking on my dagger!”From the asthmatic urgency of its opening abduction scene to the Satanic defiance of the villain’s departure “with a wild convulsive laugh of exulting revenge”, this first of Shelley’s Gothic novelettes recycles much sensational boyhood reading and also points to some of his more mature concerns.It is the ego-driven pursuit of passionate extremes, revenge included, which consigns figures like Zastrozzi and the murderous Matilda to an isolation which is socially destructive as well as self-annihilating. The story of their downfall is related in a relentlessly hysterical style – possibly more easily enjoyed when read aloud!