A lively and utterly singular travelogue of the intricate curiosities that are directly within one’s own reach
In 1790, while serving in the Piedmontese army, the French aristocrat Xavier de Maistre (1763–1852) was punished for dueling and placed under house arrest for forty-two days. The result was a discursive, mischievous memoir Voyage Around My Room, and its sequel, Nocturnal Expedition Around My Room. Admired by Nietzsche and Machado de Assis, Ossian and Susan Sontag, this classic book proves that sitting on the living-room sofa can be as fascinating as crossing the Alps or paddling up the Amazon.
In addition to the Voyage and Expedition, this edition also includes the dialogue “The Leper of the City of Aosta,” a preface by Xavier’s better-known older brother (the royalist philosopher Joseph de Maistre), and an introduction by Richard Howard.
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About the Author
An award-winning translator and poet, Stephen Sartarelli lives in France.
Richard Howard is a distinguished American, poet, literary critic, essayist, teacher, and translator.
Joseph de Maistre was a philosopher, writer, lawyer, and diplomat.
What People are Saying About This
"The late 18th-century is when Modernite (more exactly the modernities) began. Sterne, Diderot, Rousseau...among the effortlessly brilliant writers of that incandescent era, there still remains Xavier DeMaistre to discover or rediscover. His masterpiece 'Voyage Around My Room', one of the most original and mettlesom autobiographical narratives ever written."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Voyage (written at the age of 31) is a clever diversion. The Nocturnal Expedition (at age 62) is meatier and more rewarding. Each is made of tiny chapters with big margins. The Voyage is worth picking up as long as you get an edition with both trips. This edition also has the preface by older brother Joseph De Maistre (at the end of the volume!) and a dialogue between a leper and a soldier entitled The Leper of The City of Aosta.