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Braco Dimitrijevic

VOYAGE AUTOUR DE MA CHAMBRE

By Xavier de Maistre, 1795, republished Seyssel, France: Editions Georges Peltier (Comp’act), 1988, 96 pp., FF75 paper. Also republished this year in Dubrovnik.

When I add up all the distances I have traveled, I have gone twice to the moon. But one of the voyages I have been the most impressed with is Xavier de Maistre’s Voyage autour de ma chambre (Journey around my room), written in 1795 and recently republished. This Savoyard aristocrat, leaving France after the events of 1789, accrued a considerable mileage himself in order to reach Saint Petersburg and Moscow. Yet his book is a description of the patterns of his voyages through his room—around the periphery, diagonally, even in zigzags, and including discussions of such local scenery as his armchair, his bed, and the color of his mattress. The author was fully aware of the revolutionary nature of his work:

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