Voyage Around My Room
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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.
Praise For Voyage Around My Room…
— Alain De Botton
The late eighteenth century is when modernity (more exactly, the modernities) began. Sterne, Diderot, Rousseau—among the effortlessly brilliant writers of that incandescent era, there still remains Xavier de Maistre to discover or rediscover. His masterpiece, Voyage Around My Room, is one of the most original and mettlesome autobiographical narratives ever written.
— Susan Sontag
Funny and deceptively profound.
New Directions, 9780811222105, 244pp.
Publication Date: March 21, 2016
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.