Viaggio sentimentale/A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy - Laurence Sterne
Letteratura universale Marsilio - Elsinore - Italian Parallel Text
Edited by Viola Papetti
Paperback, 324 pages
Each volume in this series presents a classic of English literature with a new Italian translation on the facing page, as well as an extensive introduction, information about the text and the author, in-depth annotations, and a complete bibliography, all in Italian.
Yorick's journey starts in Calais, where he meets a monk who begs for donations to his convent. Yorick initially refuses to give him anything, but later regrets his decision. He and the monk exchange their snuff-boxes. He buys a chaise to continue his journey. The next town he visits is Montreuil, where he hires a servant to accompany him on his journey, a young man named La Fleur.
During his stay in Paris, Yorick is informed that the police inquired for his passport at his hotel. Without a passport at a time when England is at war with France (Sterne traveled to Paris in January 1762, before the Seven Years' War ended), he risks imprisonment in the Bastille. Yorick decides to travel to Versailles where he visits the Count de B**** to acquire a passport. When Yorick notices the count reads Hamlet, he points with his finger at Yorick's name, mentioning that he is Yorick. The count mistakes him for the king's jester and quickly procures him a passport. Yorick fails in his attempt to correct the count, and remains satisfied with receiving his passport so quickly.
Ciascun volume di questa collana si presenta come una monografia completa composta da un saggio introduttivo, una nuova traduzione con testo a fronte, note informative sull'autore e sull'opera, un commento essenziale, una ricca bibliografia.
Il libro che nel 1768 ha inaugurato il genere della "guida sentimentale" attenta alle piccole cose degli uomini e del paesaggio anziché a monumenti e personalità, e allo stesso tempo lo ha scomposto attraverso la lente deformante dell’ironia; un libro che ha inventato il "linguaggio del cuore" stravolgendolo verso il linguaggio del corpo e dei sensi con la più inusitata rete di allusioni erotiche e maliziose.