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ISBN-10: 0791467783
ISBN-13: 9780791467787
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publish Date: 05/25/2006
Dimensions: 8.98" L, 6.06" W, 1.00" H

The History of the Sevarambians: A Utopian Novel

Editor: John Christian Laursen
Introduction by: John Christian Laursen
Editor: Cyrus Masroori
Introduction by: Cyrus Masroori

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Overview

Reminiscent of More’s Utopia and Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, Denis Veiras’s History of the Sevarambians is one of the great utopian novels of the seventeenth century. Set in Australia, this rollicking adventure story comes complete with a shipwreck, romantic tales, religious fraud, magical talismans, and supernatural animals. The current volume contains two versions of Veiras’s story: the original English and the 1738 English translation of the expanded French version. Veiras’s work was well known in its own time and has been translated into a number of languages, including German, French, Russian, and Japanese, while the English version has been largely forgotten. The book has been read to teach a variety of political doctrines, and also has been cited as an early development in the history of ideas about religious toleration. It reveals a great deal about early modern English, Dutch, and French attitudes toward other cultures. One of the first utopian writings to qualify as a novel, it can be interpreted as a metaphor for human life, in all its complexity and ambiguity.

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"Having the two texts in the same book provides easy access to texts that are difficult to find and enables an easy comparison between the early English version and the later French version. The French version had a huge impact on French literature and is now on its way to becoming a classic, not only for scholars who study Utopian literature, but also for people interested in seventeenth-century literature and philosophy."
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Details

ISBN-10: 0791467783
ISBN-13: 9780791467787
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publish Date: 05/25/2006
Dimensions: 8.98" L, 6.06" W, 1.00" H
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