The Mirror Thief
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The Mirror Thief

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ISBN-13:
9781612195148
Erscheinungsdatum:
10.05.2016
Seiten:
592
Autor:
Martin Seay
Gewicht:
753 g
Format:
236x156x53 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

A New York Times NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEARAn NPR BEST BOOK OF THE YEARA Publishers Weekly BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR A globetrotting, time-bending, wildly entertaining masterpiece hailed by the New York Times Book Review as "Audaciously well written … the book I was raving about to my friends before I'd even finished it." Set in three different eras, and in three different locations-all, coincidentally, named Venice-this "startling, beautiful gem of a book" (NPR) calls to mind David Mitchell and Umberto Eco in its mix of entertainment and literary bravado. The core story is set in sixteenth-century Venice, where, on the island of Murano, the famed makers of Venetian glass were perfecting one of the old world's most wondrous inventions: the mirror. An object of glittering yet fearful fascination-was it reflecting simple reality, or something more spiritually revealing?-the Venetian mirrors were state-of-the-art technology, subject to industrial espionage by desirous sultans and royals world-wide. Thus, for the skilled craftsmen that made them, any attempt to leave the island-to steal the technology-was a crime punishable by death. One man, however-a world-weary war hero with nothing to lose-has a scheme he thinks will allow him to outwit the city's terrifying enforcers of the edict, the ominous Council of Ten . . . Meanwhile, in two other Venices-Venice Beach, California, circa 1958, and the Venice casino in Las Vegas, circa today-two other schemers launch similarly dangerous plans to get away with a secret . . .All three stories weave together into a spell-binding tour de force that is impossible to put down-an old-fashioned, stay-up-all-night novel that, in the end, returns the reader to a stunning conclusion in the original Venice . . . and the bedazzled sense of having read a truly original and thrilling work of art.

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