In 1790, while serving in the Piedmontese army, the French aristocrat Xavier de Maistre (1763-1852) was sentenced to house arrest for forty-two days, for dueling. The result was a discursive, mischievous memoir, his classic Voyage Around My Room. De Maistre's literary output began with his Voyage (1794) and ended with its sequel, Nocturnal Expedition Around My Room (1825), with a few shorter pieces in between. In addition to the Voyage and Expedition, this selection includes a compelling dialogue, "The Leper of the City of Aosta" (1811) and a preface by Xavier's better-known older brother, the reactionary Joseph de Maistre.
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