It Begins… This book contains segments of letters found by an individual known as “The Editor”. When first presented with these mysterious letters, it was clear the writer was sick. An individual so twisted… The Editor had no choice but to continue investigating this material and its origin. Is this material of fiction; a sick joke, perhaps? Or is this a dark literary outlet for a hidden serial killer or cult? The questions just keep stacking. Upon further research, The Editor was able to confirm his greatest fear… there were others! The thought sickens The Editor. Instead of the writings of one deranged person, we have reason to believe that there are actually more insane participants roaming the world; but how many? The Editor warns that the contents of this book are not for the light-hearted, or the sensitive reader. The Editor is just the messenger… but he brings the message of a killer. You have been warned… Have a glorious day! –The Editor-
Юрій Яновський (1902–1954) – один з найвизначніших романтиків в українській літературі першої половини ХХ століття. При згадці цього імені постає перед очима «світ спекотний і шалений, бачиться степ у переблискуванні шабель, охоплений курявою битви». Роман «Чотири шаблі» (1929), в якому чудово розкрився оригінальний талант Яновського, належить до кращих творів про героїку Громадянської війни.
<P>When two European scientists unexpectedly inherit an Indian rajah's fortune, each builds an experimental city of his dreams in the wilds of the American Northwest. France-Ville is a harmonious urban community devoted to health and hygiene, the specialty of its French founder, Dr. Fran&#231;ois Sarrasin. Stahlstadt, or City of Steel, is a fortress-like factory town devoted to the manufacture of high-tech weapons of war. Its German creator, the fanatically pro-Aryan Herr Schultze, is Verne's first truly evil scientist. In his quest for world domination and racial supremacy, Schultze decides to showcase his deadly wares by destroying France-Ville and all its inhabitants. Both prescient and cautionary, The Begum's Millions is a masterpiece of scientific and political speculation and constitutes one of the earliest technological utopia/dystopias in Western literature. This Wesleyan edition features notes, appendices, and a critical introduction as well as all the illustrations from the original French edition.</P>