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The Amphibian Man


Amphibian Man (Amphibian is another title) is perhaps the most well-known novel by Alexander Beliaev, a talented Russian science fiction writer who lived in the early 20th c. First published in 1928.

The book tells a story of a young man named Ichtiandr (literally "Fish Man" in Greek) who as a child received a life-saving transplant - a set of shark gills. The operation was performed by his father, a scientist and a maverick surgeon, in an attempt to save his son's failing lungs. The experiment was a success but it limited the young man's ability to interact with the world outside his ocean environment. Similar to other Beliaev's works, the book investigates the possibilities of physical survival under extreme conditions, as well as the moral integrity of scientific experiments. It also touches on ideas of improving living conditions for the world's poor.

Set in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the book also presents an adventurous love story brought in 1962 to the large screen for the entire Soviet Union. The Amphibian Man film (Russian: Человеκ-aмфибия, Chelovek-Amphibia), was directed by Vladimir Chebotaryov. In 1962 the movie recorded 65 million ticket sales (the actual ticket revenue is unknown) quickly becoming one of the most admired movies in the USSR. Filmed on the South Coast of the Crimea and featuring a cast of beautiful young actors, the film features some popular song and dance numbers and has certain characteristics of a musical. The first song and the musical theme of the movie - "The Sea Devil" became a hit that was sung well into the 90s. If you want to watch the movie, here is a link for you: . The movie is in Russian with English subtitles.

A note from the uploader: This is a very good translation of the classic of Soviet science-fiction, a captivating and moving story, from which I derived immense enjoyment as a child.

The archive consists of an audiobook in English as well as two versions of the text, in English (.doc) and in Russian (.txt).

Warning: The quality of the audiobook is AWFUL, the sound is barely tolerable because of a very low bitrate... I am warning you before you start downloading it, please do not be surprised by the extremely low quality, as this is all I have at the moment... If you have this audio encoded with a higher bitrate, please, share it!

Russian: Один из самых известных фантастических романов 20 века на английском языке. Английская и русская версия включены в архив, так же как и аудиокнига на английском. Качество звука аудио отвратительное, прошу не писать возмущенных комментариев, так как я вас предупреждал. Битрейт всего 8 kb/ps. 

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