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Welcome Rain Publishers, 2002 - Fiction - 187 pages
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Magellania - which refers to the region around the Straight of Magellan - is the home of Kaw-djer, a mysterious man of Western origin whom the indigenous people consider a demigod. A man whose motto is "Neither God nor master," he has shunned Western civilization and its hypocrises in order to live peacefully on an island claimed by no one. But when a thousand immigrants become stranded on his island in a storm and ask him to be the leader of their colony, will Kaw-djer go against everything he believes in to help them live and prosper in this foreign land at the end of the world?
Jules Verne penned Magellania in 1897, following the death of his brother and at a time when his health was beginning to fail. Originally titled Land of Fire and At the End of the World, Magellania was a work intended to reflect Verne's deeply held religious and political beliefs; it was also a representation of a man faced with his own mortality. After Verne's death in 1905, Magellania was completely rewritten by his son, Michel, at the request of his father's publisher, Hetzel. It was published in 1909 under the title Les naufrages du Jonathan, only to disappear into obscurity.
In 1977 the great Vernian scholar Piero Gondolo della Riva discovered the original manuscript in the Hetzel family archives. In 1985, the Jules Verne Society in France published a limited edition of the work. The first English translation ever shows Magellania to be a unique, forceful novel that widens the scope of Verne's literary legacy and distinguishes itself in Verne's somber, philosophical questioning of society, religion, nature and man as he neared the end of his life.

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Nearly a century after his death, five "lost" manuscripts of Verne are part of the SF master's return to active publication (Invasion of the Sea, The Mysterious Island, both 2002).This latest, first ... Read full review


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Jules Verne, one of the most influential writers of modern times, was born on February 8, 1828 in Nantes, France. He wrote for the theater and worked briefly as a stockbroker. Verne is considered by many to be the father of science fiction. His most popular novels include Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and Around the World in Eighty Days. These and others have been made into movies and TV mini-series. Twenty Thousand Leagues is even the basis of a popular ride at the Disney theme parks. In 1892, he was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor in France. He died on March 24, 1905 in Amiens, France.

Benjamin Ivry is the author of biographies of Arthur Rimbaud, Francis Poulenc, and Maurice Ravel. His poetry collection Paradise for the Portuguese Queen appeared in 1998.

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