The Manuscript Found in Saragossa

The Manuscript Found in Saragossa


Translator: Ian Maclean

Format
Paperback
Price
$20.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140445800
  • 656 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

A literary masterpiece by a Polish traveller, aristocratic adventurer, political activist, ethnographer and publisher

Alphonse, a young Walloon officer, is travelling to join his regiment in Madrid in 1739. But he soon finds himself mysteriously detained at a highway inn in the strange and varied company of thieves, brigands, cabbalists, noblemen, coquettes and gypsies, whose stories he records over sixty-six days. The resulting manuscript is discovered some forty years later in a sealed casket, from which tales of characters transformed through disguise, magic and illusion, of honour and cowardice, of hauntings and seductions, leap forth to create a vibrant polyphony of human voices. Jan Potocki (1761-1812) used a range of literary styles – gothic, picaresque, adventure, pastoral, erotica – in his novel of stories-within-stories, which, like the Decameron and Tales from the Thousand and One Nights, provides entertainment on an epic scale.

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The Manuscript Found in Saragossa

The Manuscript Found in Saragossa

Jan Potocki, Translator: Ian Maclean

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