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Altai: A Novel by Wu Ming

By Wu Ming

Whilst a hearth rips throughout the Venetian Arsenal in 1569, the enigmatic Emanuele De Zante, spy-catcher and secret agent, is betrayed through his lover, imprisoned, and accused of treason. Given the opportunity to flee, he embarks on a trans-European odyssey that might try out his loyalty and strength him to query even his own identity.

via a chain of lethal political video games top the entire strategy to the Sultan’s palace in Constantinople, De Zante and his partners spiral headfirst toward a clash within which the good empires of the Republic of Venice and the Ottomans threaten the very foundations of civilization.

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