The Eternal Adam
The story is set in a far future in which Zartog Sofr-Aï-Sran, an archaeologist deciphers the preserved journal of a survivor to total destruction of civilisation. The discovery comes in the midst of philosophical controversies on the origin of humankind, between those that believe in the existence of a unique ancestor and those that do not.
The journal describes the struggle for survival of a small group and the futility of the accumulated knowledge in the group.
The conclusion of the novel implies that the unique ancestor is the survivor whose journal was discovered, and that civilisation is doomed to eternal fall and rebirth.
- della Riva, Piero Gondolo. "A propos des oeuvres posthumes de Jules Verne" (595–96). Europe. pp. 73–88.
- The Eternal Adam title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
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