Journey to the Orient by Gérard de Nerval
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Nerval's reports from what were unfamiliar landscapes, mythologies, and foreign characters in Journey to l'Orient remain earnest testaments to the rich culture and irrefutable traditions that inspired this text. His dramatizations are enthusiastic insights into a 19th-century, French outsider's perception of "the East." Translated after over a century, this book arrived to English readers organized like an adventure: with a chronology, introduction, glossary of terms, localizing illustrations, and legend-making stories. As each tale is broken into impressionistic fragments, Nerval metabolizes the part of observer into a storyteller, and reveals the inner experience of a foreign eye and what it will choose to see.
Trans. from the French w. an introduction by Norman Glass.
Lithographs by Louis Haghe, from drawings by David Roberts, R. A. (orig. pub. in Egypt and Nabia: London, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1849).