The End of Atlantis
THE END OF ATLANTIS
by Jean Carrère
adapted by Brian Stableford
cover by Mike Hoffman
“Radiant Sphinx! Mirror of light! Symbol of our eternal rebirth, O Sphinx, bearer of our destiny, be resplendent now and open your victorious wings wide to the sunlight!”
The End of Atlantis (1926) extends a rich tradition of French literary fantasies redeploying the myth of Atlantis; it is a historical melodrama, an adventure story and a heroic fantasy depicting the fall of the great and marvelous Empire of Atlantis.
The novel is more sophisticated than most Atlantean fantasies. Its account of the fall of Atlantis echoes that of the Roman Empire, and contains an elaborate criticism of contemporary European society, whose own crisis of degeneration is supposedly reflected therein. Because of this, the book has not lost its relevance to the world of the 21st century.
La Fin d'Atlantis, ou le grand soir (1926)
Introduction, Afterword and Notes by Brian Stableford.