You are listening to the Bert Grund Orchestra Playing the Mathias Sandorf Theme from the German television mini-series. Adjust the volume on the console and enjoy the music.
In the 1800s, several movements were in place to regain Hungarian independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Read some background history of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The Hungarian nobleman Lajos Kossuth (another link) was at the forefront of one of these movements. Towards the end of the 1800s, the Hapsburgs were losing control of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Jules Verne's 1885 novel "Mathias Sandorf" plays upon this theme.
Read Chapters 1 and 2 in English: click links on the left.
Read the whole novel in French at http://jv.gilead.org.il/zydorczak/sand00.htm
Read the novel in Russian at http://jv.gilead.org.il/ru/shandor.htm
For a synopsis, go to the first link on the links page.
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