The Virgin of the Seven Daggers

by: Vernon Lee

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The Virgin of the Seven Daggers: Excursions into Fantasy / ISBN 9780141038780 / paperback / Penguin, from the small format Red Classics series

(All of the "discounted books" I'm selling are new/unread, but usually show some age and shelf wear.)

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"Lee's strange tales are unforgettable."--Washington Post

The brutal Don Juan – an unrepentant sinner – makes a pact with the Virgin of the Seven Daggers. He promises to forever proclaim her supreme beauty and asks that in return she save him from damnation.

Emboldened by the deal and driven by insatiable greed, he embarks on a necromantic journey to an enchanted palace beneath the Alhambra. In an orgy of beasts, demons and slumbering infantas Don Juan is called upon to uphold his side of the bargain and in doing so lose everything his lustful heart desires.

Bio from wikipedia: "Vernon Lee was the pseudonym of the British writer Violet Paget (14 October 1856 – 13 February 1935). She is remembered today primarily for her supernatural fiction and her work on aesthetics. An early follower of Walter Pater, she wrote over a dozen volumes of essays on art, music, and travel."