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Claudius Bombarnac

Claudius Bombarnac
Author Jules Verne
Original title Claudius Bombarnac
Illustrator Léon Benett
Country France
Language French
Series The Extraordinary Voyages #38
Genre Adventure novel
Publisher Pierre-Jules Hetzel
Publication date 1893
Published in English 1894
Media type Print (Hardback)
Preceded by Carpathian Castle
Followed by Foundling Mick

Claudius Bombarnac (French: Claudius Bombarnac, 1893) is an adventure novel written by Jules Verne.

Claudius Bombarnac, a reporter is assigned by the Twentieth Century to cover the travels of the Grand Transasiatic Railway which runs between Uzun Ada, Turkestan and Peking, China. Accompanying him on this journey is an interesting collection of characters, including one who is trying to beat the round the world record and another who is a stowaway. Claudius hopes one of them will become the hero of his piece, so his story won't be just a boring travelogue. He is not disappointed when a special car guarded by troops is added to the train, said to be carrying the remains of a great Mandarin. The great Mandarin actually turns out to be a large consignment being returned to China from Persia. Unfortunately the train must travel through a large part of China that is controlled by unscrupulous robber-chiefs. Before the journey is over, Claudius finds his hero.

Alternate English Titles

  • The Special Correspondent
  • The Adventures of a Special Correspondent
  • The Adventures of a Special Correspondent in Central Asia
  • Claudius Bombarnac: Special Correspondent

Publication history

  • 1894, UK, London: Sampson Low. 279 pp., First UK edition
  • 1894, USA, New York: Lovell, Coryell and Co., 279 pp., First USA edition, as The Special Correspondent, or The Adventures of Claudius Bombarnac

External links

  • The Adventures of a Special Correspondent at Project Gutenberg
  • Jules Verne Collection (French)

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