José Ignacio de Andrade’s Epistolary Account of India:
A Translational Focus
The beginning of the nineteenth century witnessed special forms of travel with the emergence of large empires in the world. We may see travelling as synonymous with leisure. But there are cases when travelling was undertaken by consi-derations other than leisure— simply knowing the world beyond the known one. Exactly with this spirit José Ignacio de Andrade, a Portuguese traveller journeyed in India and China more than once between 1815 and 1835. Andrade, a humanist, left behind one hundred impressions (in the form of letter) of the Orient—India and China. His book endorses the spirit of pursuit of truth with reason but not without love. India is the first land of the East that appears in Andrade’s account. Here the first twenty-eight letters of this Portuguese humanist have been selected for this study and translation as well; as they are written from and about India, except the first four which were penned during his voyage from Lisbon to Calcutta.
96 pages, 1st edition