Jan Potocki: Werewolf of the Enlightenment

When the first European translation of Arabian Nights appeared in the Eighteenth century, it inspired a Polish nobleman who wrote one of the strangest novels in history. The man who wrote it was nearly as odd, a polyglot and adventurer named Jan Potocki, who at the end of his life might have believed himself to be transforming into a werewolf.

Oct 27, 2021 | 14:20 | Josh Geiger

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