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Pretty interesting stuff here....

Everything You Know About Jules Verne is Probably Wrong



Jules Verne is one of the best-known authors who ever lived. A record 300 movies, TV shows and plays have been based on his work and more are on their way. But although everyone knows Jules Verne much of what they know is wrong.

Movies, bad translations and urban legends have formed most ideas people have about the author. To take a trivial example, everyone knows about the famous balloon in Around the World in 80 Days. In fact, that balloon trip has become pretty much a symbol not only for book but Jules Verne himself.

But there is no balloon in Around the World in 80 Days.
So how is Verne considered to be a writer of books suitable only for children in the US and on a par with Dickens and Tolstoy everywhere else in the world?

It's largely the fault of the rotten-ass translations he got, which were filled with scientific mistakes and changes and omissions which conflicted with the political and religious views of Victorian England. For instance, the original translator of 20,000 Leagues deleted more than 20% of the book, largely because he was a conservative British Protestant and Verne was a liberal French Catholic. This is in addition to literally hundreds of translation errors (Verne's "Badlands of Nebraska" becoming the "disagreeable territory of Nebraska") and egregious mistakes in science (the translator provides a careful explanation of how the Nautilus floats because iron is lighter than water). All of these mistakes and errors were attributed to Verne, and because so much of the social and political content of his books was lopped out, they seemed like nothing more than trivial adventure stories to English-speaking readers.
(io9.com)
 

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Interesting. Makes one want to read accurate translations.
 

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