Columbus' discovery of America. My desire has been to create for you the impression that you have suddenly been plunged forward into that
time--to give you the feeling Columbus might have had could he have read a novel of our present-day life.
To this end I have conceived myself a writer of that future time, addressing his contemporary public. You are to imagine yourself reading
a present day translation of my original text--a translation so free that a thousand little colloquialisms will have crept into it that could
not possibly have their counterparts in the year 2430.
— Summary by From the author's preface
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