Travels in Italy

Chateaubriand, François-René de (1768–1848), translated by Kline, A. S. (contact-email)

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Chateaubriand’s Voyage en Italie details his Italian journey in 1803-1804, covering destinations from Rome to Naples. The account combines his understanding of classical antiquity with firsthand observations of ruins and landscapes. Rome serves as a convergence of classical and Christian influences, while Naples offers a livelier atmosphere. Written in letter format for his circle of friends, the work synthesises personal, aesthetic, and historical insights. Though steeped in the European literary and cultural legacy, he approaches his journey more as a tourist than a scholarly explorer. The narrative allows him to contemplate themes of impermanence, the human condition, and beauty.

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Kline, A. S.

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