Accompanied in this volume by its equally superb sequel, A Nocturnal Expedition around My Room, A Journey around My Room is a masterly and innovative piece of writing about room-travel.
Xavier De Maistre (1763-1852) was an aristocrat and army officer and is best known for his mock-travelogue A Journey around my Room, which he wrote while under arrest for having participated in a duel.
It was Blaise Pascal who said that all the troubles of humanity
came about because of the difficulty men had in simply being happy
to sit alone in their rooms; here is the result of such an enforced
confinement. And it is wonderful. (...) This edition also includes
the 1825 sequel, A Nocturnal Expedition Around My Room, which is
just as good, as funny and deceptively profound as its predecessor;
and he even makes it to the window-ledge this time. Andrew Brown's
translation is excellent too. -- Nicholas Lezard * The Guardian
De Maistre... found the utmost strangeness in himself and the things he had taken for granted. * The Times *