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Zanoni is an 1842 novel by Edward Bulwer-Lytton, a story of love and occult aspiration. By way of introduction, the author confesses: "... It so chanced that some years ago, in my younger days, whether of authorship or life, I felt the desire to make myself acquainted with the true origins and tenets of the singular sect known by the name of Rosicrucians." A manuscript came into his hands written in the most unintelligible cipher, a manuscript which through the author's own interpretation became Zanoni.It tell a story of its protagonist Zanoni, who possesses occult powers and knows the secret of eternal life, loves, pursues, marries, and finally sacrifices himself for Viola, a beautiful girl.
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original title: Zanoni
date of publication: 1842
genre: esoteric novel
follows: Leila: or The Siege of Granada
followed by: The Last of the Barons

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