The Manuscript Found in Saragossa

The Manuscript Found in Saragossa

By: Jan Potocki (author), Ian Maclean (translator), Ian Maclean (contributor)Paperback

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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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Product Details

  • publication date: 07/03/1996
  • ISBN13: 9780140445800
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 656
  • ID: 9780140445800
  • weight: 447
  • ISBN10: 0140445803
  • translations: French

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