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Liberty, equality and property rights in Rafael Sabatini’s fiction

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Sabatini, Rafael (1875-1950)   historical fiction   slavery


The purpose of the article is to analyse a few examples of Rafael Sabatini’s approach as a novelist to the civil rights of liberty and equality, first implemented in Europe in the early nineteenth century to curb the property rights of the feudal system. Given Sabatini’s vast production as a writer, of fiction and not only, three of his reference works have been singled out for analysis. Besides Scaramouche, whose plot partially unfolds during the early stages of the French Revolution, the almost coeval (1922 versus 1921) Captain Blood has been selected because of its religious and, thus, ideological background issues relating to the 1688 Glorious Revolution in Britain and the question of slavery, i.e. property rights of people to other people. The issue of slavery, alongside piracy, is also present in the third work subjected to analysis – the 1915 novel The Sea Hawk, in which Sabatini reconstructs, through his fiction, the property-like relationship in the sixteenth century Muslim world between a wealthy man and his wives. Since the analysed works of Sabatini feature a stylistic trait that borders on polyphony, as defined by Mikhail M. Bakhtin, the research results cannot be deemed to precisely mirror the author’s convictions. Albeit, his choice of themes, coupled with historical accuracy in rendering the story background, permits the extrapolation of recurring ideological patterns with reference to the three aforementioned concepts

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Wydział Prawa, Administracji i Ekonomii Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego   Wydawnictwo Beta-Druk


Sadowski, Mirosław (1964- ). Red.   Spychalska, Aleksandra. Red.   Sadowa, Katarzyna. Red.

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ISSN 2080-332X   ISBN 978-83-65158-08-6


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