Journey to the Orient

Conrad Elphinstone (Translator) Gerard De Nerval (Author)


More than just an account of his travels in Cairo, Beirut, and Constantinople in 1843, G rard de Nerval's Journey to the Orient is a quest for the unknown. If his narrator seems credulous in his retelling of legends of the origins of the pyramids and the mysteries of the Druzes, it is with this purpose in mind. While the Orientalists of his day were confident of having, in the words of Edward Said, "grasped, appropriated, reduced, and codified" the Orient, Nerval's Orient remains elusive, impossible to grasp. Poignantly dramatized in the thematic centerpieces of the tales of the Queen of Sheba and the Caliph Hakim, what takes shape in this visionary travelogue, as the author's hopes are alternately disappointed and rapturously renewed, is the story of the artist's search for the ideal.

Product Details

Price: $26.95
Publisher: Antipodes Press
Published Date: August 10, 2012
Pages: 482
Dimensions: 6.0 X 1.07 X 9.0 inches | 1.54 pounds
ISBN: 9780988202603
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About the Author

Gerard de Nerval (1808-1855) was the nom-de-plume of the French writer, poet, essayist and translator Gerard Labrunie. A major figure of French romanticism, he is best known for his poems and novellas, especially the collection Les Filles du feu (The Daughters of Fire), which includes the novella Sylvie and the poem "El Desdichado," also included in Les Chimeres. He played a major role in introducing French readers to the works of German Romantic authors, including Schiller and Goethe. His later work investigated the relationship between poetry and madness, reality and fiction, and dreams and life. He was a major influence on Marcel Proust, Andre Breton and Surrealism.