Altai: A Novel by Wu Ming, Shaun Whiteside

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By Wu Ming, Shaun Whiteside

Sweeping historic novel of espionage, betrayal and identityWhen Q used to be first released in 1999, it used to be a world sensation; returning to a similar global of that striking novel Altai is a charming tale of betrayal, ideals and the conflict of civilizations. whilst a hearth breaks out within the Arsenal of Venice in 1569, every body suspects Joseph Nasi, number-one enemy of the republic. however it is the enigmatic Emmanuele De Zante, secret agent catcher and agent of the Venetian mystery carrier, who unearths himself in detention center accused of treason, having been betrayed via his lover.When De Zante is obtainable the opportunity to flee, he embarks on an odyssey that takes him to Salonica, the Jerusalem of the Balkans, and from there, all of the strategy to the Sultan’s palace in Constantinople. Spiraling via a chain of lethal political video games, De Zante’s voyage will try out his loyalty and strength him to query even his personal id. jointly, De Zante and his partners head towards a clash that threatens the very nature of civilization.A ancient epic spanning a continent scarred through conflict, Altai went immediately into the bestsellers checklist whilst first released in Italy. it's a coruscating portrait of the divided world—east meets west—in the 16th century, the place the good empires of the Republic of Venice and the Ottomans are at the verge of an epoch-making clash. during this dramatic panorama, the authors’ collective Wu Ming creates a strong narrative of risk, identification, and experience.  

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Do you really imagine,” he cut in, raising his voice slightly, “that a discontented arsenal worker could hatch a plot of this kind? Come on, De Zante. ” A shiver ran down my spine. I tried to follow my instinct and took some time to put my words in order. Impulsiveness leads inevitably to ruin. “Permit me to express myself better, your Excellence. Various clues suggest a provocation that got out of hand. The men carrying out the plan had apparently taken care to avoid . ” This time he allowed me an enigmatic smile.

I took a course through the less busy calli, and when I emerged near the Fondaco I waited for a few minutes before edging toward the front door of the building with my back to the wall. A few cautious steps and I froze again. Something was holding me back—a sensation, a premonition based on my years of experience in the field. How many times had I trailed a spy or a troublemaker? I flattened myself into a doorway, covered by the bustle of carts and porters. Amid the ceaseless movement of goods, the eye could spot immobility.

I remembered the first evening, my heart in my mouth, the feeling of expectation that devoured me, and Tuota telling me to get up and follow him. That was what I had done for years, and when I had chosen another destiny for myself, I hadn’t been able to keep a scrap of my soul from being trapped there. I had come back. I thought of my house in Venice, where I had lived at ease and in prosperity, and I smiled contemptuously. Tuota noticed and gave me a wry look. “You know the place,” he grunted.

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