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 a similar global of that amazing novel Altai is a charming tale of betrayal, ideals and the conflict of civilizations. while a fireplace breaks out within the Arsenal of Venice in 1569, everybody 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 unearths himself in reformatory accused of treason, having been betrayed through his lover.When De Zante is available 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 approach to the Sultan’s palace in Constantinople. Spiraling via a sequence of lethal political video games, De Zante’s voyage will try out his loyalty and strength him to question 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 through conflict, Altai went directly 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 robust narrative of hazard, id, and experience.
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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. Everyone liked the sound of the name, and from that point on they started using it all the time, although the Dalmatians knew that tuota is a word from the island of Veglia and means the same as baba in Turkish, tata in Croatian, pare in Venetian and papa in Ladino, the Jewish dialect.
I had dedicated ten years of my life to that opposition. There was something wrong about my escape plan, something obscene. Venice accused me of serving the Turks, and I was seeking refuge among them. It was like admitting I was a traitor. On the other hand, hadn’t I perhaps betrayed them? I had deceived them. I and my father, old De Zante, had kept quiet, had hidden the truth, had erected an edifice of lies. Lies told to the Republic, and above all to the Consigliere. At what point had Nordio started to suspect me, to seek information about me?
I knocked until the maid opened up. She saw me, nodded in greeting and climbed the stairs. She was going to announce my presence to her mistress. Arianna welcomed me with an expression of faint surprise. The smile on her freckled face was cheerful. “I wasn’t expecting you. ” She surveyed me from head to toe. “You look glum. ” “The whole of Venice knows what’s up. ” I wasn’t the best of lovers that day. Too hasty, too brutal. I drank from her lips like a man parched by the August sun. I pounced on her full, heavy breasts like a hungry man on loaves of bread.
Altai: A Novel by Wu Ming, Shaun Whiteside