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La Fin Des Livres   By: (1848-1926)

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In Albert Robida's "La Fin Des Livres," readers are thrust into a captivating world where books face an uncertain fate. Robida's eloquent writing style paints a vivid picture of a future society completely consumed by technological advancements.

The novel opens in a bustling metropolis, where books are seen as archaic relics of the past. In this dystopian world, citizens rely solely on digital technology to access information and entertainment. Robida's imaginative world-building is truly remarkable, as he effortlessly intertwines elements of science fiction and social commentary.

One of the most striking aspects of the book is Robida's exploration of the role of literature in society. Through thought-provoking dialogue and captivating character interactions, he raises vital questions about the importance of written words and the impact of virtual reality on human creativity. As readers, we are left contemplating the fragile line between progress and regression.

Robida's characters are meticulously crafted, each with unique perspectives on the diminishing relevance of books. From the rebellious bibliophile who defies the societal norms to the young digital enthusiast who believes books belong only in museums, the diverse cast effectively represents the spectrum of conflicting opinions surrounding the written word.

Furthermore, the author's exquisite attention to detail makes it easy to immerse oneself in the futuristic landscapes he portrays. The cityscape, with its towering holographic billboards and bustling crowds, comes alive with crisp descriptions that transport readers into this technologically advanced reality. Robida's ability to intricately weave the physical and digital realms together is nothing short of remarkable.

While the novel undoubtedly offers a captivating premise, some readers may find the pacing a bit uneven. At times, Robida delves deeply into philosophical discussions, which can slow down the narrative. However, these moments of introspection ultimately add depth to the story, evoking a sense of melancholic nostalgia for the written word.

In conclusion, "La Fin Des Livres" is a thought-provoking and engaging novel that examines the evolving relationship between humanity and knowledge. Albert Robida's masterful storytelling and imaginative world-building create a captivating reading experience. Whether you have an affinity for science fiction or simply enjoy pondering the future of literature, this book is sure to leave a lasting impression.

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The End Of Books

A prognostication from the past


In 1895 Octave Uzanne and Albert Robida published, in France, Contes pour les Bibliophiles ("Stories for Bibliophiles"). The eleven stories in Contes, all revolving around books (or at least printing) are interesting, bizarre, weird... one could go on in true Fanthorpian fashion. But even better than the stories are the illustrations by Albert Robida.

Robida was born in 1848 and died in 1926. During his lifetime he reportedly drew 60,000 pictures and wrote and/or illustrated over 200 books. His first published work came out in 1866, and he appeared in "La Vie Parisienne," as well as journals less well known to the world outside France. One of his works, La Guerre au XXe Siècle (1887) is of some interest in the field of science fictional treatments of future wars, and is the subject of current papers and a critical edition by I. F. Clarke in Britain.

Robida is forgotten (or was never known) in America, but in France he is remembered. His sketches and caricatures, particularly of humorous and satirical visions of what lay in the future, were decades ahead of their time. Disney adopted some of his drawings as backgrounds for their views of the future at a pavilion at Epcot, and web sites attempt today to bring some of his best work back into circulation... Continue reading book >>

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