Such novels as Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in Eighty Days have made Jules Verne the most widely translated of all French authors. But he has typically been categorized as the father of science fiction or a writer of harmless fantasies for children. Now, in this brilliantly original new book, Andrew Martin relocates Verne squarely at the centre of the literary map. Dr Martin shows that a
recurrent narrative (exemplified in short stories by Napoleon Bonaparte and Jorge Luis Borges), relating the strange destiny of a masked prophet who revolts against an empire, runs through Verne's Voyages Extraordinaires. This approach illuminates the paradoxical coalition in Verne of realism and invention, repression and
transgression, imperialism and anarchy. In this book Verne emerges not just as a key to the political and literary imagination of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries but as a model for reading fiction in general.
`The Mask of the Prophet uncovers great subtlety and richness. Andrew Martin's Verne is Frenchness, travel, science and writing combined.'
Times Higher Education Supplement
`Andrew Martin's work marks an innovation in the English criticism of Verne ... notable and interesting'
Patrick Parrinder, London Review of Books
'Martin ... presents a very provocative analysis of Vrne's novels ... Martin's book is an excellent contribution to scholarship on Jules Verne and should be included in any library collection that intends to support research on SF.'
Peter C. Hall, Science Fiction & Fantasy Book REview Annual 1991
The masked writer; the beginning of the end; the one and the many; subversion subverted; death from dying; law and disorder; the self-destruct mechanism; the moment of truth; the prophet of the mask.
Number Of Pages: 236
Published: 31st May 1990
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 14.7
Weight (kg): 0.44