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Donogoo-Tonka or the Miracles of Science: A Cinematographic Tale

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781568987804
Author(s): Jules Romains
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2009
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Dimensions: 150 x 218 x 23 (w x l x h)
Pages: 136
Series: Forum Project Publications

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Donogoo-Tonka or the Miracles of Science is a satirical, parable-like novel (or 'cinematic novel' as referred to by author) published in 1920 by an important French modernist figure, Jules Romains. It has never been translated into English. The story begins with a famous geographer facing the embarrassment of being denied membership in the Academy of Sciences after it is discovered that his best-known work contains a map of South America showing a city named Donogoo-Tonka (allegedly full of gold) that does not exist. In a series of pseudoscientific accidents, a previously suicidal man rediscovers happiness and selfworth by helping the geographer regain his name (using false photography sets and manipulated publicity) and inadvertently helps establishes a city of that name, which becomes a successful, thriving metropolis. The hilarious novel ends with the establishment in Donogoo-Tonka of an official cult of scientific error--to which the city owes its existence--and the erection of an honorary statue. The tale contemplates the meaning of the city and its origins. The book is simultaneously oblique and central to the FORuM Project.
In January 1930 the literary theorist and critic Victor Shklovsky published an article in the Moscow Literary Gazette entitled 'A Monument to Scientific Error.' The title refers to Romains s novel, which had been translated Please click here to ask a question
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