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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Alma Classics (23 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847493084
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847493088
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 12.7 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'De Maistre… found the utmost strangeness in himself and the things he had taken for granted.' --The Times

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Xavier de Maistre (1763 - 1852) was an aristocrat and army officer and is best known for his novel A Journey around my Room which he wrote while under arrest for having participated in a duel.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. N. R. Walters on 30 Jun. 2014
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I know my review title is somewhat a contradiction; however I must explain myself. Xavier is young and naive, playful and comedic. His attention to the smallest of details goes beyond the superfluous. However his recommendations to his way of travelling is nothing short of patronising towards people of 'lesser means'.

A great addition to any reader interested in Psychogeography. Reading this against Georges Perec's The Species of Spaces and other pieces gives great perspective on space, travelling and what it can mean to us as individuals.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mac McAleer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Mar. 2015
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This short book contains two pieces of writing by Xavier de Maistre, both based on the same premise - a journey around a room. In fact, this premise is an excuse for a semi-serious, semi-comic series of flights of fancy. The author was a late 18th century French aristocrat with a romantic attitude and I was concerned that I might find these writings dated and inconsequential, which to some extent they are, but I enjoyed reading them. I was aware that these writings were relatively short so there was always an end in sight. However, when the ends came I was a little disappointed that there was not more to read.

There is one journey, "A Journey around My Room", and one expedition, "A Nocturnal Expedition around My Room". Both rooms are in Turin, where de Maistre was serving in the army, but the rooms are in different buildings, at different times. The first building was destroyed when the Fench revolutionary war reached Turin. The Journey lasted 42 days, when de Maistre was confined to his apartment after fighting a duel, so it is really a prison diary. The Expedition lasts for only 4 hours, from 8pm to midnight, and consists mainly of the author sitting astride his window in the top floor, looking out at the sky, the roof, his neighbours and the city and describing his thoughts.

Towards the end of the book he describes his method: "There was an old woman, a relative of mine, very witty - her conversation was always very interesting. But her memory, both inconstant and fertile, often led her to leap from one episode to the next, and from one digression to another, to such an extent that she was obliged to ask her listeners for their help: "So what was it I was telling you about?
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