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 an identical international of that striking novel Altai is a charming tale of betrayal, ideals and the conflict of civilizations. whilst 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 provider, who reveals himself in reformatory accused of treason, having been betrayed by way of 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, 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 out his loyalty and strength him to query even his personal identification. jointly, De Zante and his partners head towards a clash that threatens the very nature of civilization.A old epic spanning a continent scarred by way of struggle, 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 strong narrative of possibility, id, and event.
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Slacken the sails, there, loosen the ropes, catch the wind and save your companions if you want us to remember your name. Stay far off, go not where the troubled wave rises. Now it depends on you. —Archilochus, seventh century BC Contents Cover Title Page Dedication Epigraph Prologue Part One: Mi Star 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. Interlude Part Two: Tikkun Olam 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27.
A ship is sailing for Durrës in a week. I’ve called in an old favor, and you’ll have a place on board. From Durrës you’ll be able to take the Via Egnatia, and stop wherever you feel like it. Maybe in Salonika, where there are lots of your people. I gave a sort of grunt. “My people? ” He gave one of his snorts and smiled. “As you wish. In the meantime, don’t champ at the bit too much. Go out as little as possible. ” Having said that, he pulled the stiletto from the floor and put it back in his belt.
We’ve made them talk, and there was no inkling of anything like . ” “It’s not the street spies you should be looking at, De Zante. We won’t hunt down the eel by asking the shrimp. There must be a traitor somewhere higher up, one much more important than an arsenal worker or a mere spy. Someone who can influence, if you like, spies, agitators and Arsenal hotheads. ” Nasi. The name on everyone’s lips, the people’s word made flesh. If I’d written him off, it wasn’t out of absentmindedness. ” “Someone high enough up to be able to hatch an attack on the Arsenal.
Altai: A Novel by Wu Ming, Shaun Whiteside