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Steam House, the {Omnibus}



Science Fiction


Extraordinary Journeys


# Date Publisher Binding Cover
1 1880-00-00  

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The Steam House (French: La maison à vapeur) is a Jules Verne novel recounting the travels of a group of British colonists in the Raj in a wheeled house pulled by a steam-powered mechanical elephant.

Jules Verne uses the mechanical house as a plot device to have the reader travel in ninetheenth century India. The descriptions are interspersed with historical information and social commentary, which makes obvious the educational goal of the novel.

The book takes place in the aftermath of the Indian Rebellion of 1857 against British rule, with the passions and traumas aroused still very much alive among Indians and British alike. An alternate title by which the book was known - "The End of Nana Sahib" - refers to the appearance in the book of a real historical figure: rebel leader Nana Sahib, a hero to many Indians and the most heinous of murderers in British eyes.

As history records, Nana Sahib disappeared after the crushing of the rebellion and his subsequent fate was never known; Verne tries to offer a fictional answer to this perplexing question.

Alternate titles:
Demon of Cawnpore (Part 1 of 2)
Demon of the Cawnpore (Part 1 of 2)
Steam House (Part I) The Demon of Cawnpore
Steam House (Part II) Tigers and Traitors
Tigers and Traitors (Part 2 of 2)
Tigers and Traitors, Steam House (Part 2 of 2)
The End of Nana Sahib

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