Cumprimentos vernianos aos leitores deste blogue. Eis o quinto e penúltimo excerto do meu artigo em inglês sobre a vida e obra de Júlio Verne. Como sabem, trata-se do meu trabalho de projecto na disciplina, constituindo uns escassos mas eventualmente decisivos 5% na nota do 2º período, e está disponível na cool m@g, revista online criada pela minha professora de inglês (não sei quantas vezes já escrevi isto).
Neste fragmento do artigo poderão ler uma descrição da última fase da carreira literária do escritor, enveredando pelos caminhos do cepticismo em relação ao valor da ciência e ao uso que os adventos tecnológicos do futuro poderiam vir a ter. Após a caracterização da obra, faço uma breve referência à actividade política do escritor visionário que, além de mestre das letras e das ciências, tinha espírito empreendedor e muita vontade de lutar por um mundo mais justo e melhor. O folhetim de hoje termina com uma alusão à cooperação saudável que se estabeleceria entre Júlio Verne e o filho Michel, muito frutuosa em termos de produção literária e dúvidas quanto à autoria dos livros.
Amanhã finalizarei o tópico (já chegam de posts vernianos!) com a apresentação do excerto relativo à queda de um herói e à perpetuação da sua memória ao longo dos tempos.
Third Phase: Science Criticism
The troubled life esperience and the pessimist philosophical theories dated from the last decades of the XIX Century influenced Jules Verne books and impelled him to the last stage of his long carrier: the criticism of science. His third literary phase started in 1892, when his book The Carpathian Castle was published by Louis-Jules Hetzel (Pierre-Jules Hetzel’s son). The books written in this period are a reflection on the many applications science may have and the probable consequences of a bad use of science.
Facing a Flag, Master of the World and The Secret of William Storitz are some of the latest romances by Jules Verne. Most of them explre the dangerous situations the humankind may have to cope with in case science serves evil intentions. In this last stage of his career, the core of his literature went back to sceince, but this time Jules Verne took in consideration the dark side of technology. Human issues such as armed conflicts and independence wars were also criticized in a hard way in these works and that is the reason why his latest romances contain a severe criticism in what concerns human faults like greed or selfishness.
Politician Carrier: Municipal Council
Since the moment when Jules Verne permanently moved to Amiens, he started living in a quiet peaceful mode, with no more trips and a comfortable place to spend the rest of his days, writing new romances. However, Jules Verne wanted to get out of that dilettante lifestyle. Hopefully, he had a brilliant idea and he decided to take part in local politics. In May 1888 he candidated himself for the Municipal Council of Amiens and he was ellected. Verne played an important role in local government, fighting for the human rights and justice. His main priorities were unquestionably human health and education.
Michel Verne: Working Together with his Father
By that time, Michel finally settled down and he started getting on well with his father. He was taking his first steps in is career by writing some science articles and his father felt very proud of him, appreciating his literary style. Jules usually gave some useful tips to his son and they even started working together since that moment.
There is a lot of controversy regarding the authorship of many works, such as The Lighthouse at the End of the World, Volcano of Gold, In the Year 2889 and The Eternal Adam. Some of these books were written by Jules and Michel in association with each other, but the major part of them are original Jules Verne’s romances which were modified by his son after his death. Fortunately, today there are some searchers who can separate the books 100% from Jules, the works by Michel, the stories written by both of them and Jules’s romances altered by Michel.