The Chess Machine
By (author) Robert Lohr
Translated by Award Winning Translator of French German Danish Polish Most Famously of the French Asterix Comics and Hans Christian Andersen Fairytales Anthea Bell
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Chess Machine by Robert Lohr
Book DescriptionIn 1770, Baron Wolfgang von Kempelen introduces Vienna to the Mechanical Turk?an unbeatable chess-playing automaton that, unbeknownst to an astonished Europe, is in fact nothing more than an illusion. The Turk is actually operated from within by a God-fearing dwarf named Tibor, whose chess-playing abilities and diminutive size make him the perfect accomplice in this grand hoax. But when a seductive countess dies under mysterious circumstances in the presence of the Turk, the machine and its inventor become the target of espionage, persecution, and intrigue. Based on a true story, this celebrated debut is a daring piece of storytelling, brimming with lust, scandal, and deception.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780143114369
Paperback / softback
(213mm x 140mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Penguin Books
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Robert Lohr
Anthea Bell translated E. T. A. Hoffman's The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr for Penguin Classics and has received a number of translation awards.
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