Zastrozzi, A Romance

Percy Bysshe SHELLEY (1792 - 1822)

“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! (Summary by Martin Geeson)

Genre(s): Horror & Supernatural Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Chapter I Martin Geeson
00:14:33
Play 02 Chapter II Martin Geeson
00:11:20
Play 03 Chapter III Martin Geeson
00:11:56
Play 04 Chapter IV Martin Geeson
00:27:28
Play 05 Chapter V Martin Geeson
00:16:44
Play 06 Chapter VI Martin Geeson
00:19:50
Play 07 Chapter VIII (There is no Chapter VII) Martin Geeson
00:25:56
Play 08 Chapter IX Martin Geeson
00:30:02
Play 09 Chapter X Martin Geeson
00:22:35
Play 10 Chapter XI Martin Geeson
00:15:40
Play 11 Chapter XII Martin Geeson
00:21:56
Play 12 Chapter XIII Martin Geeson
00:31:45
Play 13 Chapter XIV Martin Geeson
00:14:00
Play 14 Chapter XV Martin Geeson
00:19:25
Play 15 Chapter XVI Martin Geeson
00:12:50
Play 16 Chapter XVII Martin Geeson
00:19:51