Anne-Marie Monluçon - : A Pole in the “Far East”: Man and Mystery in Asia. Through Wild Siberia (1898‑1905) by Ferdynand Ossendowski (1923)

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: A Pole in the “Far East”: Man and Mystery in Asia. Through Wild Siberia (1898‑1905) by Ferdynand Ossendowski (1923)

Authors: Anne-Marie Monluçon

The travelogue by Antoni Ferdynand Ossendowski, Man and Mystery in Asia. Through Wild Siberia (1898‑1905), written in 1923 and translated from English into French in 1925, results from a complex editorial history and still awaits a translation from the Polish original. The aim here is to shed some light on the reasons for its success at its first reception and its rediscovery since 1989 and the rise of censorship in Poland: Why (re)read Man and Mystery in Asia? This book, which goes beyond the scientific writings of the Polish geologist, can be read at least at three additional levels: as the literary narrative of a scientist, it articulates science with economics and ecology; as a text inspired by Anglo‑Saxon or Polish adventure novels, it stands out as an anticolonial western in the Far East; as the text of an author who had escaped a manhunt by Russian and Mongolian revolutionaries in 1920‑1921, a story narrated in Beasts, Men and Gods, he depicts a whole shadow world, where the narrator experiences proximity with death and the dead.


Volume: The Distant Voyages of Polish Writers (20th-21st centuries)
Section: The distant journeys of Polish writers (20th-21st centuries)
Published on: May 6, 2021
Submitted on: May 4, 2021
Keywords: travel narrative,adventure novels,Siberia,science,ecology,western,anticolonialism,ghosts,prison,revolution,récit de voyage,romans d’aventures,Sibérie,science,écologie,western,anticolonialisme,fantômes,bagne,révolution,[SHS.LITT]Humanities and Social Sciences/Literature


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