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De Umbrarum Regni Novem Portis




De Umbrarum Regni Novem Portis (Latin for "Of the Nine Doors of the Kingdom of Shadows") is a fictional book that appears in the novel The Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Reverte and its film adaptation The Ninth Gate by Roman Polanski. The book is said to contain instructions for summoning the Devil and achieving supernatural powers.


Origin and content




The book was supposedly written by Aristide Torchia, a Venetian book printer who was burned at the stake by the Inquisition in 1667. Torchia claimed to have copied the text from a manuscript written by the Devil himself, known as the Delomelanicon. The book contains nine woodcut engravings that are rumored to be reproductions of the original illustrations by the Devil. Each engraving depicts a different stage of the initiation into the occult, involving various symbols and rituals. The book also contains references to other esoteric works, such as the Picatrix, the Heptameron, and the Key of Solomon.


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Plot device




In The Club Dumas, the protagonist Lucas Corso is hired by a wealthy collector to authenticate his copy of De Umbrarum Regni Novem Portis, one of only three known to exist. Corso discovers that each copy has subtle differences in the engravings, and that only one of them is genuine. He also learns that the book is sought after by a secret society of devil worshippers, who believe that deciphering the engravings will lead them to the Ninth Gate, the final portal to the Kingdom of Shadows. Corso is aided by a mysterious woman who calls herself Irene Adler, who may or may not be an agent of the Devil.


In The Ninth Gate, the plot is simplified and focuses more on the supernatural aspects of the book. Corso is played by Johnny Depp, and Irene Adler is renamed "The Girl" and portrayed by Emmanuelle Seigner. The film also adds a twist ending that implies that Corso has successfully entered the Ninth Gate.


Cultural impact




De Umbrarum Regni Novem Portis has inspired several works of fiction and art, such as:



  • A 2011 anthology titled Delomelanicon: The Nine Gates of the Kingdom of Shadows: de Umbrarum Regni Novem Portis - An Anthology, edited by Joshua Free. The anthology contains essays, translations, and interpretations of the book and its engravings.



  • A 2014 graphic novel titled The Ninth Gate: A Graphic Novel Adaptation, written by Enrique Mendoza and illustrated by Jesús Redondo. The graphic novel follows the plot of the film version, but adds some elements from the novel.



  • A 2016 album titled Ninth Gate: Music Inspired By The Film And Book, composed by Peter Gundry. The album contains 13 tracks of dark ambient music that evoke the atmosphere and themes of the book and the film.




Sources:



  • [The Club Dumas - Wikipedia]



  • [Fictional book - Wikipedia]



  • [Delomelanicon: The Nine Gates of the Kingdom of Shadows: de Umbrarum ...]



  • [The Ninth Gate: A Graphic Novel Adaptation]



  • [Ninth Gate: Music Inspired By The Film And Book]






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