'I am going to sink it.'
'You will not!'
'I will,’ he coldly replied. ‘Do not take it on yourself to judge me,
French naturalist Dr Aronnax embarks on an expedition to
hunt down a sea monster, but discovers instead the Nautilus, a
self-contained world built by its enigmatic captain. Together Nemo and
Aronnax explore the underwater marvels of the globe, undergo a transcendent
experience in the ruins of Atlantis, and plant a black flag at the South
Pole. But Nemo’s mission is finally revealed to be one of self-defence—and his
methods coldly efficient.
Verne’s classic novel has left a profound mark on subsequent centuries. Its themes are universal, its style alternately humorous
and grandiose, its construction masterly.
This new and unabridged translation brilliantly conveys the range of this seminal work. The volume also
contains extensive critical material, including hundreds of notes,
appendices, and unpublished information about the novel’s genesis.
Dr William Butcher, previously Head of Languages at Hong Kong Technical
Colleges, has been called the father of Verne studies in English. He has also published
Journey to the Centre of
the Earth (1992) and
Around the World in Eighty
Days (1995) for OUP.
'L'appareil critique me semble magnifique' Alexandre
the translation and the critical materials have been minutely reworked from
top to bottom . . scores of new endnotes. . . This improved and updated
version . . . belongs in the library of every Anglophone Vernian'
Frederick Paul Walter
'excellent . .
. translation . . . some of the most cutting-edge scholarly commentary'
Professor Arthur Evans
'By far the
best translations/critical editions available' Science Fiction
translated . . . illuminating scholarly apparatus’ Vector 200
the novel very much’ Daily Telegraph
conveys the novel’s varying tones and ranges’ Tandem
‘the only version of Twenty Thousand Leagues in English worthy of
serious attention . . . a mine of information’ Professor T Unwin,
Australian Modern Languages Association Journal
authority' South China Morning Post
ambitious ... high-standard scholarship . . .masterpiece . . .
unprecedented standard’ Foundation
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qui soit comparable . . . travail exemplaire' BSJV
'The introduction and notes
. . . are especially helpful' Tad