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May 12 , 2008

Tales from the Saragossa Manuscript


'As a reader you find yourself teased, intrigued and disorientated. You never quite know where you are - whether you are reading a series of lies, illusions and superstitious tales, or whether this is a great work of art with its own special kind of truth. Although the book clearly has roots in medieval forms, it is also amazingly modern - predating the works of Italo Calvino and the Magical Realists by at least 150 years, and, incidentally, making them look rather tame. The English translation by Christine Donougher is a model of clarity and quiet elegance.' Book Choice, BBC World Service'Bizarre, relentlessly inventive and decidedly not a novel. It is more a textbook of crazy magic.'The Guardian'By far my favourite novel of clandestine fraternities, spine-chilling plots and mystic revelations was written 200 years ago by a Polish adventurer, Jan Potocki; the legendary Manuscript Found in Saragossa. And its infinitely more erotic than the prim Mr B (Dan Brown).' Boyd Tonkin in The Independent'A masterpiece of French Literature which is one of the all time great works of fantasy; one of those rare books which invigorates and nourishes the human spirit and the dignity of man.'Roger Caillois
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