The Manuscript Found in Saragossa
The Manuscript Found in Saragossa
Jan Potocki

Translated by Ian Maclean

—Recommended by Layla, City Lights Books

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.

Title The Manuscript Found in Saragossa
Author Jan Potocki
Translated by Ian Maclean
Publisher Penguin Classics
Title First Published 01 September 1996
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 631 p.
ISBN-10 0140445803
ISBN-13 9780140445800
Publication Date 01 September 1996
Main content page count 631
Weight 16 oz.

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