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Underground Man

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This post-apocalyptic novella tells the story of the downfall of civilisation and mankind following a solar cataclysm in the late 20th century. To survive, the remnants of humanity had to build a new civilization underground in the complete absence of all species except mankind, choosing to base it only on love and beauty, the fine arts and intellectual pursuits.

In view of the sun's current inactivity, this frighteningly prophetic tale might have been written today, saving that the cultural references and the fluid prose might be beyond, if one dares say so, many modern writers.

Tarde was a French sociologist, criminologist and social psychologist. This novella was, as far as I know, his only venture into the writing of fiction, and is heavy with philosophical, sociological, scientific and even political concepts. It is an absorbing and thought-provoking work.

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UNDERGROUND MAN

By

GABRIEL TARDE

(1843 1904)

MEMBER OF THE INSTITUTE PROFESSOR AT THE COLLEGE OF FRANCE

TRANSLATED BY CLOUDESLEY BRERETON M.A., L. ÈS L.

WITH A PREFACE BY H.G. WELLS

LONDON

DUCKWORTH & CO.

1905

The whole of Tarde is in this little book.

He has put into it along with a charming fancy his genialness and depth of spirit, his ideas on the influence of art and the importance of love, in an exceptional social milieu.

This agreeable day dream is vigorously thought out. On reading it we fancy we are again seeing and hearing Tarde. In order to indulge in a repetition of the illusion, a pious friendship has desired to clothe this fascinating work in an appropriate dress.

A.L.

CONTENTS

DEDICATION PREFACE By H.G. WELLS INTRODUCTORY I. PROSPERITY II. THE CATASTROPHE III. THE STRUGGLE IV. SAVED V. REGENERATION VI. LOVE VII. THE ÆSTHETIC LIFE NOTE ON TARDE By JOSEPH MANCHON

PREFACE

It reflects not at all on Mr Cloudesley Brereton's admirable work of translation to remark how subtly the spirit of such work as this of M... Continue reading book >>


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