The History of the Caliph Vathek - William Beckford

The History of the Caliph Vathek

By William Beckford

  • Release Date: 2012-07-16
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature


The novel chronicles the fall from power of the Caliph Vathek (a fictionalized version of the historical Al-Wathiq), who renounces Islam and engages with his mother, Carathis, in a series of licentious and deplorable activities designed to gain him supernatural powers. At the end of the novel, instead of attaining these powers, Vathek descends into a hell ruled by the demon Eblis where he is doomed to wander endlessly and speechlessly.