The Manuscript Found In Saragossa by Jan Potocki

The Manuscript Found In Saragossa

byJan PotockiTranslated byIan Maclean

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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 traveller, aristocratic adventurer, political activist, ethnographer and publisher Jan Potocki (1761-1815) is a legendary figure in Poland, not least for his literary masterpiece The Manuscript Found in Saragossa. The novel’s narrator Alphonse van Worden, a young Walloon officer journeying to join his regiment in Madrid in 1739, is...
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Title:The Manuscript Found In SaragossaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:656 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 1.1 inPublished:September 1, 1996Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140445803

ISBN - 13:9780140445800

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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In 1739 a youthful soldier embarks on a journey to meet his regiment in Madrid when he becomes sidetracked by a unique collection of thieves, noblemen and conspirators. The soldier finds himself retained for the next two months with this mysterious group, wherein he begins to document their story. From the melodic and witty to the horrifying and unearthly Jan Potocki conjures up a series of adventure-filled tales in The Manuscript Found In Saragossa through the voice of the young Alphonse van Worden that culminate in one highly entertaining and sweeping saga.