By Wu Ming, Shaun Whiteside
Sweeping historic novel of espionage, betrayal and identityWhen Q was once first released in 1999, it used to be a global sensation; returning to an analogous international of that outstanding novel Altai is an enthralling tale of betrayal, ideals and the conflict of civilizations. while a fireplace breaks out within the Arsenal of Venice in 1569, each person suspects Joseph Nasi, number-one enemy of the republic. however it is the enigmatic Emmanuele De Zante, undercover agent catcher and agent of the Venetian mystery carrier, who reveals himself in detention center accused of treason, having been betrayed by way of his lover.When De Zante is on the market the opportunity to flee, he embarks on an odyssey that takes him to Salonica, the Jerusalem of the Balkans, and from there, the entire approach to the Sultan’s palace in Constantinople. Spiraling via a chain of lethal political video games, De Zante’s voyage will try 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 old epic spanning a continent scarred via conflict, Altai went instantly into the bestsellers record whilst first released in Italy. it's a coruscating portrait of the divided world—east meets west—in the 16th century, the place the nice 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 robust narrative of chance, id, and experience.
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When I was a boy, I had watched the ships coming into port through that opening. How many times, in the clear May days, had I daydreamed, looking for the outline of the Gargano. And how many nights had I spent admiring the constellations. Many years before, one summer day, I had run to the port. I was shouting, “Tuota, Tuota,” because I had learned to throw a knife and wanted him to see me. Some of the sailors standing around thought that “Tuota” was a mispronunciation, my way of saying “Tuone,” or Ante, Toni, Antumi, Antal.
Go down, find the right shop, the right person. But not a Jew: There was a risk of them recognizing me. Go to the port, find a buyer among the commercial agents. No, too risky. The port was swarming with guards and informers. A week still lay between me and my journey, more than enough time for them to find out about me, trap me, sell me to Venice. The rumors about the traitor who had burned the Arsenal, the arrest warrant, all of that must have reached as far as Ragusa. That meant leaving immediately!
I’ll talk to the chief guard, Signor Varadian. Meanwhile I’ll have someone sent over, right away, and I’ll see to it that you and your work are given double protection. ” He gripped my hand between his own, and his voice dripped with gratitude. “Thank you, Signor De Zante. ” It was evening when we got back to the palace. Some of my men, keen to demonstrate their zeal and ruthlessness, had already got things started. They had assembled a handful of seditious wretches, people used to singing songs against the Doge and the noblemen: con men, provocateurs.
Altai: A Novel by Wu Ming, Shaun Whiteside