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Jan Potocki (1761–1815)

Autor(a) de The Manuscript Found in Saragossa

36+ Works 1,695 Membros 35 Críticas 13 Favorited

About the Author

Image credit: Portrait by Alexander G. Varneck. c. 1810, after a work by Lampi

Obras por Jan Potocki

The Manuscript Found in Saragossa (1813) — Autor — 1,588 exemplares, 32 críticas
Voyage dans l'empire du Maroc fait en l'année 1791 (1991) 14 exemplares, 1 crítica
Voyages (1980) 11 exemplares, 1 crítica
Hafız'ın Yolculuğu (2008) 6 exemplares
サラゴサ手稿 上 (2022) 2 exemplares
サラゴサ手稿 (中) (2022) 2 exemplares
サラゴサ手稿 下 (2023) 2 exemplares

Associated Works

Fantastic Tales: Visionary and Everyday (1983) — Contribuidor — 446 exemplares, 12 críticas
The Garden of Hermetic Dreams (2004) — Contribuidor — 34 exemplares
Diabli Wiedzą Co... — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
東欧怪談集 (1995) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares

Etiquetado

Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
1761-03-08
Data de falecimento
1815-12-02
Sexo
male
Nacionalidade
Poland
Local de nascimento
Pików, Podolien, Polen
Local de falecimento
Uładówka, Podolien, Russisches Kaiserreich
Causa da morte
suicide
Locais de residência
Uladowska, Podolia (now Ukraine)
Ocupações
Captain of Engineers, Polish Army
Egyptologist
adventurer
linguist
Organizações
Knight of Malta

Membros

Críticas

 
Assinalado
omoucho | 31 outras críticas | Jun 19, 2024 |
El conde polaco Jean Potocki, justamente celebrado por El manuscrito encontrado en Zaragoza, esa especie de serpentín fantástico que hace del tiempo y del espacio una verdadera fiesta para el lector, fue también un esforzado viajero por toda Europa, China y el norte de Africa. Fruto de uno de ellos es este Viaje al Imperio de Marruecos, de 1791, donde acusa el interés etnográfico de su autor y trasciende lo puramente paisajístico y anecdótico, para constituirse en documento insólito, pero ajustado, de la realidad del mundo árabe, servido todo ello con la sobria elegancia de una prosa de la que el siglo XVIII sigue poseyendo el secreto.… (mais)
 
Assinalado
Natt90 | Feb 28, 2023 |
Count Jan Potocki’s The Manuscript Found in Saragossa has somewhat of a cult following amongst fans of Gothic fiction. It consists of a collection of supernatural tales linked together by a complex series of frame stories, as in a nightmarish hall of mirrors. It has been called a "black Decameron". This is a really apt description, considering that practically all Gothic tropes are represented in the convoluted text: from ghosts to vampires, secret societies to violent bandits, underground passages to haunted castles. A bonus for Melitensia enthusiasts – one of the stories features a Knight of Malta who murders a rival in Strait Street, Valletta just up the road from where I earn my daily bread (in decidedly more mundane environs).… (mais)
 
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JosephCamilleri | 31 outras críticas | Feb 21, 2023 |
There's a moment, about a halfway through, in which the recursive flashbacks interacted to reveal the narrator's own faulty perceptions that I thought this might be the most brilliant book ever written.

The difficulty, though, is that the narratives only overlap for short periods, and nothing ever ties together as tightly as is promised. As with Maturin's [b:Melmoth the Wanderer|207313|Melmoth the Wanderer|Charles Maturin|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1373051517l/207313._SY75_.jpg|200656], I'm not 100% certain if the reader ever even gets cleanly back to the framing device. It feels as though at some point the frames within frames within frames became lost enough that one could never make it all the way home.

I like that Maturin book more than I like this one, which might be a prose issue, or might be because I found Maturin's British version of Christian and Hebrew mythologies and fairytales more interesting than the Spanish ones featured here. I'm still glad I read both, but I'm not sure who I'd push Zaragosa on.

Warning about the Amazon Kindle version: it was scanned (and perhaps translated?) by computer with no human interaction. Paragraphs repeat several times, and sex-based pronouns (him, his, her, hers) switch randomly enough to cause confusion.
… (mais)
 
Assinalado
danieljensen | 31 outras críticas | Oct 14, 2022 |

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Estatísticas

Obras
36
Also by
4
Membros
1,695
Popularidade
#15,147
Avaliação
4.1
Críticas
35
ISBN
122
Línguas
17
Marcado como favorito
13

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