Xavier de Maistre (1763-1852) was a French military man and writer. He began serving in the army at a young age, and lived primarily in Italy, but eventually moved to St. Petersburg, where he died. An award-winning translator and poet, Stephen Sartarelli lives in France. Richard Howard is a distinguished American, poet, literary critic, essayist, teacher, and translator. Joseph de Maistre was a philosopher, writer, lawyer, and diplomat.
"De Maistre pioneered a mode of travel that was to make his name: room travel. Dressed in pink-and-blue pajamas, satisfied within the confines of his own bedroom, Xavier de Maistre was gently nudging us to try, before taking off for distant hemispheres, to notice what we have already seen." -- Alain De Botton "The late eighteenth century is when modernity (more exactly, the modernities) began. Sterne, Diderot, Rousseau-among the effortlessly brilliant writers of that incandescent era, there still remains Xavier de Maistre to discover or rediscover. His masterpiece, Voyage Around My Room, is one of the most original and mettlesome autobiographical narratives ever written." -- Susan Sontag "Funny and deceptively profound." -- The Guardian