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Book Title: A Voyage to the Moon|
The author of the book: Cyrano de Bergerac
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Edition: Doubleday and McClure Co.
Date of issue: 1899
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What if the moon were another world for which ours served as the moon? An absurd notion, but one which leads our narrator to travel to a paradisiacal world in which he is a monster, a malfunction of nature, and a myth.
The dream quickly becomes a nightmare, however, when the ruling ecclesiastical courts condemn him for his heretical opinions and illicit beliefs. As viewed from the moon, the philosophical, scientific, anthropocentric, and religious certitudes that reign on Earth seem trivial.
This masterpiece of Libertine literature emerges as an unprecedented example of relativization and a scathing attack on the values and institutions of 18th-century French society.
The real-life Cyrano de Bergerac (1619–1655), made famous by Edmond Rostand, was a dramatist and poet; in his prose works, he shows himself to be the forerunner to Jules Verne and Johannes Kepler.
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Read information about the authorSavinien Cyrano de Bergerac, French satirist, and dramatist whose works combining political satire and science-fantasy inspired a number of later writers. He has been the basis of many romantic but unhistorical legends, of which the best known is Edmond Rostand’s play Cyrano de Bergerac (1897), in which he is portrayed as a gallant and brilliant but shy and ugly lover, possessed (as in fact he was) of a remarkably large nose.
As a young man, Cyrano joined the company of guards and was wounded at the Siege of Arras in 1640. But he gave up his military career in the following year to study under the philosopher and mathematician Pierre Gassendi. Under the influence of Gassendi’s scientific theories and libertine philosophy, Cyrano wrote his two best known works, Histoire comique des états et empires de la lune and Histoire comique des états et empires du soleil (Eng. trans. A Voyage to the moon: with some account of the Solar World, 1754). These stories of imaginary journeys to the Moon and Sun, published posthumously in 1656 and 1662, satirize 17th-century religious and astronomical beliefs, which saw man and the world as the centre of creation.
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