The Mask of the Prophet: The Extraordinary Fictions of Jules Verne by Andrew Martin

The Mask of the Prophet: The Extraordinary Fictions of Jules Verne

byAndrew Martin

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

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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 thisbrilliantly 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 inVerne 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.

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Andrew Martin is at University of Cambridge.
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Title:The Mask of the Prophet: The Extraordinary Fictions of Jules VerneFormat:HardcoverDimensions:236 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.75 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198157983

ISBN - 13:9780198157984

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'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 and Fantasy Book REview Annual 1991