A Journey Around My Room by Xavier De Maistre

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It occurs to me that a proper appreciation of this book would be longer than the book itself.


One of the greatest bestsellers of 18th-century literature, accompanied by de Maistre's sequel, A Nocturnal Excursion Around My Room

Finding himself locked in his room for six weeks, a young officer journeys around his room in his imagination, using the various objects it contains as inspiration for a delightful parody of contemporary travel writing and an exercise in Sternean picaresque, humorously demonstrating what one can explore without having to set off to exotic locations. Accompanied here by its equally superb sequel, Nocturnal Expedition Around My Room, in which a similar voyage is made at night several years later, Journey Around My Room is a masterly and innovative piece of writing, which was immensely
popular in its time and would later influence Victor Hugo and Marcel Proust, among others.


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Xavier De Maistre (1763-1852) was an aristocrat and army officer and is best known for his mock-travelogue A Journey Around My Room, which he wrote while under arrest for having participated in a duel. Andrew Brown is the author of Roland Barthes: The Figures of Writing and his translations include Zola's For a Night of Love, Gautier's The Jinx, Hoffmann's Mademoiselle de Scudéri, and Gide's Theseus. Alain de Botton is a writer and philosopher whose works include The Architecture of Happiness and How to Think More About Sex.
Published October 1, 2013 by Alma Books. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Nicholas Lezard on Jun 04 2013

It occurs to me that a proper appreciation of this book would be longer than the book itself.

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