The Golden Volcano: Le Volcan d'or: The First English Translation of Verne's Original Manuscript

The Golden Volcano: Le Volcan d'or: The First English Translation of Verne's Original Manuscript

The Golden Volcano: Le Volcan d'or: The First English Translation of Verne's Original Manuscript

The Golden Volcano: Le Volcan d'or: The First English Translation of Verne's Original Manuscript

Synopsis

The Golden Volcano thrusts two Canadian cousins-unexpectedly bequeathed a mining claim in the Klondike-into the middle of the gold rush, where they encounter disease, disaster, extremes of weather, and human nature twisted by a passion for gold. A deathbed confidence sends the two searching for a fabulous gold-filled volcano on the shore of the Arctic Ocean. But nature, both human and physical, hasn't finished with them, and their story plays out with the nail-biting adventure of an action thriller and the moral and emotional force of high drama. Like many of the works left unpublished when Jules Verne died, The Golden Volcano was altered and edited by his son, Michel. This first translation from the original manuscript allows readers of English to rediscover the pleasures of Verne's storytelling in its original form-and to enjoy a virtually unknown gem of action, adventure, and style from a master of French literature.

Excerpt

Olivier Dumas

In 1886, after publishing about thirty novels in the series Extraordinary Voyages, Jules Verne was at the pinnacle of his renown. During that year, however, he suffered a number of misfortunes: a bullet fired by his nephew left him with a limp that would remain for the rest of his life, and his publisher, Pierre-Jules Hetzel, died. a new life was beginning for the novelist: he had to give up sailing—his great passion— and now that he felt free of the restrictions placed on him by Hetzel, he began to rethink his literary career.

Verne dreamed of breaking out of the “scientific and geographical” framework in which he was “condemned to operate.” As he grew older, he wrote gothic novels (The Sphinx of the Ice, the Yarns of Jean-Marie Cabidoulin), novels of passion (The Castle in the Carpathians), and satirical novels (Topsy Turvy), but these works, though appreciated today for their literary value, were not well received at the time. What readers wanted above all from the author of From the Earth to the Moon was science fiction featuring extraordinary inventions.

Jules Verne's Posthumous Manuscripts

After the death of Jules Verne on March 24, 1905, his son Michel immediately drew up a list of eleven unpublished volumes. These works consisted of a travel story (Journey to England and Scotland), a futuristic novel (Paris in the Twentieth Century), a collection of short stories, and eight . . .

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