JULES VERNE: MATHIAS SANDORF (1885.)


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MATHIAS SANDORF is 27-th novel of Jules Verne's "Les Voyages Extraordinaires" (Extraordinary Voyages). For a first time it was published at 1885, with 111 ilustrations by Leon Benett. In Croatia it was published by "Graficki zavod Hrvatske" (GZH) in Zagreb at 1988, translated by Morana Cale Knezevic, full illustrated. For Croatian audience and for myself, this novel is specially interesting because parts of the plot were placed in todays Croatian places: Istria (Pazin, Lim channel, Rovinj) and Dalmatia (Gruz, Dubrovnik, Boka Kotorska).


SYNOPSIS
Three Hungarian nobles: count Mathias Sandorf, and his associates, Stephen Bathory and Ladislav Zathmar are preparing an conspiracy in Triest, at 1867, for secession of Hungary from Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. During this preparationa, their pigeon with encoded message was caught by Zirone i Sarcany. Message was decoded with a help of Silas Thoronthal, who kept a Mathias Sandorf's money in his bank and combinated how to take it. Sarcany, as an false secretary of Thoronthal's, used an oportunity to stole a decoder-table; and after seeing that a conspiracy is going on, Thoronthal and Sarcany alarmed the police. A large price had been given to them for this "loyalty": a half of Sandorf's money for each.

Pazin i Pazinska jama

Austrian police took Sandorf, Bathoryj and Zathmar to the castle in Pazin, where they were sentenced to death. Waiting for an execution, thanks to an accoustic effect of transferring voices along the seeling, they heard a conversation of their traitors. Now, instead to leave themselves to destiny, they decided to escape and to revenge.
Bijeg niz gromobran

They broke bars on the window, and through the window Sandorf reached ....izlaze kroz prozor i spustajuci se niz gromobran pokusavaju doseci dno zidina, no zandari ulaze u celiju i hvataju Zathmara. Sandorf i Bathory nastavljaju bijeg, i nakon udara groma u gromobran padaju u divlju bujicu Fojbe odnosno Pazincice, koja ih nosi prema grotlu Pazinske jame i nepoznatom podzemlju. Ne znajuci, dok su bjezali iz tvrdjave, niti gdje se nalaze, Sandorf i Bathory nisu mogli zamisliti ni gdje ce ih voda Pazincice odnijeti.
U podzemlju Pazinske jame

Drzeci se za deblo, Sandorf i Bathory su sest sati noseni bujicom Pazincice plutali podzemljem, i naposljetku podzemna ih je rijeka iznijela na povrsinu na pocetku Limskog kanala. Dopjesacili su do Rovinja, ondje nasli utociste u kuci ribara Andree Ferrata, ali izdajom Ferratovog neprijatelja, Carpene, opet ih otkrivaju zandari. Pod kisom metaka bjeze prema obali, Bathory pada i hvataju ga, a Sandorf, obasut hicima, skace s rovinjskih klisura u more i nestaje u valovima.
U Limskom kanalu

Bathoryja odvode natrag u Pazinsku tvrdjavu, gdje ga sutradan strijeljaju zajedno sa Zathmarom, ribar Andrea Ferrato zavrsava u zatvoru gdje nedugo zatim umire, a njegova djeca, sin Luigi i kcer Maria, ostaju sirocad i ubrzo odlaze iz Rovinja. Bankar Thoronthal i njegov suradnik Sarcany s novim imetkom zapocinju novi zivot, Thoronthal u Dubrovniku, a Sarcany u kockarnicama diljem Mediterana.

Nakon petnaest godina, u Dubrovniku se pojavljuje tajanstveni dr. Antekirtt, koji pridobivsi za svoje suradnike bivse akrobate Pescadea i Matifoua, te mladog Petra Bathoryja (sina u Pazinskoj tvrdjavi strijeljanog Stjepana Bathoryja), trazi izdajice koji su skrivili smrt madjarskih revolucionara: Thorontala, Sarcanyja, Zironea i Carpenu.

Dr. Antekirtt je bogat i ugledan lijecnik, paranormalnih sposobnosti, i vrhunski znanstvenik. Brodovima na elektricni pogon (taj dio radnje zbiva se 1882. godine!) velikom brzinom prelazi s jednog na drugi kraj Sredozemlja, i u posljednjim poglavljima romana pratimo avanturu cije se epizode zbivaju u Dubrovniku, na Siciliji podno Etne, na Malti, na otocima pred libijskom obalom, u Monte Carlu, Gibraltaru, tuniskoj i marokanskoj obali.

Dramatiku fabule povecava zaljubljenost Petra Bathoryja u Savu Thorontal, kcer Silasa Thorontala, izdajice njegova oca, za koju se kasnije ispostavi da je zapravo oteta kcer Mathiasa Sandorfa! I, naravno, tajanstveni osvetnik u liku dr. Antekirtta nije nitko drugi do grof Mathias Sandorf, koji je prezivio skok u more s rovinjskih hridina, i svoj zivot posvetio ostvarenju Pravde!


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