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First published in French in the late 17th century, Veiras's novel takes up many of the issues utopian writers typically addressed, and it is of particular value because it is one of the first utopian works to actually qualify as a novel. From a historical standpoint, the novel offers a wonderful look at the philosophical, social, and moral concerns of the period in which it was written. Plus, it is a fun read. Laursen Univ. This discussion is necessarily and unfortunately cursory, but the more significant problem is the paucity of explanatory notes: some of the allusions in the text, together with the doctrines behind and cultural attitudes inherent in the text, require a frame of reference that the modern student probably will not possess.

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Publication Information:. Physical Description:. Language Note:. General Note:. Includes "The history of the Sevarambians" published in French 5 parts and translated into English in ; and "The history of the Sevarites or Sevarambi," part one published in , and part two published in Subject Term:. It reveals a great deal about early modern English, Dutch, and French attitudes toward other cultures. One of the first utopian writings to qualify as a novel, it can be interpreted as a metaphor for human life, in all its complexity and ambiguity.

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Part IV. I cannot show you this in detail. For can I know and can I present infinities to you and compare them together? But it is foolhardy to put them forward seriously, and punishable to incite the people to do away with the existing constitution. Part I Part II Part I.