Part 1 - 1867
The novel starts out in Trieste where three Hungarian nobles, count Mathias Sandorf
and his associates, Stephen Bathory and Ladislav Zathmar, are organizing a
revolt to have Hungary secede from the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy.
During their preparations, their carrier pigeon is intercepted by chance by Zirone
and Sarcany, two petty criminals. In the pigeon's message cylinder they
find an encrypted message. Sarcany,
the treacherous secretary of Silas Thoronthal, uses his position with
Thoronthal to steal a decoder table, and they thus are able to decipher the message.
Meanwhile, Thoronthal, Sandorf's banker, had otherwise been contriving to
appropriate Sandorf's money for himself. Upon seeing that a political conspiracy
is underway, Thoronthal and Sarcany alert the police who arrest Sandorf,
Bathory and Zathmar. A large reward is given
to the the two informants for their "loyalty" - that is, each one gets one half of Sandorf's money.
Austrian police takes Sandorf, Bathory and Zathmar to the castle in Pazin where they
are sentenced to death. Waiting for their execution,
an acoustic effect that transfers sound along the ceiling allows the condemned
men to hear a conversation between the traitors. So now, instead of leaving themselves
to their appointed fate, the condemned me decide to escape from the prison and to take revenge.
three prisoners break the bars
on the window, and Sandorf climbs through the window and starts to descend down the lightning rod
which reaches to the bottom of the ramparts, but the police enters the cell and captures Zathmar.
Sandorf and Bathory continue their escape, but then a bolt of lightning strikes the
lightning rod and they fall into the raging torrent of the Foiba (i.e.Pazincica), which takes them towards the mouth of the Pazinska jama (The cavern of Pazin) and the
unknown underground. During their flight from the fortress they did not know
where they actually were and so could not imagine where the Pazincica waters
were going to take them.
Holding onto a tree
trunk, Sandorf and Barthory are carried underground for six hours by the Pazincica torrent
and finally the underground river brings them back to the surface at the mouth of Limski fjord. From there they
walk to Rovinj where they find safe haven in the house of a fisherman,
Andrea Ferrato. Unfortunately, they are betrayed to the police by Ferrato’s enemy,
Carpena. Under a hail of bullets, the two ex-prisoners escape towards the seashore where
Bathory falls and is captured. With bullets still flying around him, Sandorf jumps from the
ledge of the high Rovinj cliff and into the sea. He disappears into the waves.
Bathory is taken
back to Pazin castle where he and Zathmar are shot the next day. The
fisherman Andrea Ferrato is imprisoned and it is not long before he dies,
his son Luigi and daughter Maria orphans. Soon after, the children leave Rovinj. The banker Thoronthal and his collaborator Sarcany start a new life
with their ill-gotten gains: Thoronthal goes to Dubrovnik and Sarcany to the
gambling casinos throughout the Mediterranean.
Part 2 - 1882
The second part of the novel leaps forward fifteen years
and starts out in Dubrovnik. A mysterious Dr. Antekirtt
appears. He is a rich and renowned physician, as well as a top
scientist with paranormal abilities. He can put people in hypnotic
trances and control them, even at long distances. The mystery man is none
other than Count Sandorf who is carrying
out his revenge (he calls it "justice") on those who had betrayed him - Thorontal, Sarcany, Zirone and
Carpena - and who caused the death of the other Hungarian revolutionaries. He does
this from his fortress on the island of Antekirtta, in the Gulf of Syria. The
fortress is almost impenetrable and is filled with advanced weaponry, including
electrically-operated torpedoes and mines.
He obtains as his collaborators the acrobats
Pescadeo and Matifouo, plus the young Peter Bathory, son of the Stephen
Bathory who had been executed in Pazin castle.
As Dr. Antekirtt, Sandorf travels about the Mediterranean in
very fast electrical boats which help him, as does his fortress, when the
neighboring island of Senoussi declares war on him. Of course, they fail
in their attempt. In the
last chapters of the story, we follow his adventures in such
places as Dubrovnik, the base of Mount Etna in Sicily, the island of Malta, the
islands fronting the Libyan coast, Monte Carlo, Gibraltar, as well as the
Tunisian and Moroccan coasts.
The drama is
very reminiscent of the Count of Monte Cristo (deliberately so on the
part of Jules Verne as he says in his introduction) and is enhanced by the love story between Peter Bathory and Sava Thorontal, daughter of
Silas Thorontal, who had betrayed Peter's father. Sava later is revealed to be the
kidnapped daughter of Mathias Sandorf!
Prima Parte - La conguira di Trieste
Mathias Sandorf è un romanzo di Verne pubblicato nel 1885. Nel 1887, ne
tratto un testo teatrale in cinque atti.
È un romanzo di avventure di
che propone la vicenda di un nobile ungherese che lotta per la causa
del suo Paese dall’Impero Asburgico e che progetta – da Trieste – una
provocare un’insurrezione nazionale. La scoperta della congiura da parte
austriaca avviene grazie alla delazione di uomini avidi e senza scrupoli.
Sandorf e i suoi compagni vengono imprigionati nel castello di Pisino. Ma
continuerà ancora, e a lungo, perché Mathias Sandorf riesce a fuggire.
nome, combatterà per risarcire le famiglie dei suoi compagni e per punire
del tradimento. Da Pisino e dall’Istria, la storia continuerà in Dalmazia,
Mediterraneo, sulle coste nordafricane. E la giustizia avrà modo di
trionfare. [Tratto da Jules Verne. La congiura di Trieste da Mathias
Sandorf, La Biblioteca del Piccolo (Trieste, 2004)]
In questo volume viene proposta la prima parte del poderoso romanzo,
che consta di
cinque parti. Ma questa prima parte (intitolata redazionalmente, nella
triestina del 1970, La congiura di Trieste) già sembra costituire – di per
se – un’opera
complessa, nella quale l’intera macchinosa vicenda delle cinque parti
compiutamente. Ed è una parte suggestiva anche per le interpretazioni
incisive che Jules Verne - che era stato nel Mediterraneo e nell’Adriatico
con il suo
yacht – dà di Trieste, dell’Istria, della loro situazione e della loro
storia. Il testo di
questo libro è quello proposto nell’edizione del 1970 per le edizioni “La
Con stralci - in appendice - di un diario di viaggio di Verne.
una rarissima immagine del battello, San Michel III, con il quale
Giulio Verne percorse in lungo ed in largo l'Adriatico lungo le
coste dell'Istria e della Dalmazia. Da quanto si può vedere (il
comignolo) era anche dotato di motore.