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By Wu Ming, Shaun Whiteside

Whilst a fireplace rips in the course of 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 may attempt his loyalty and strength him to query even his own identity.

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

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Attese un istante prima di aggiungere: – Anche più di Salonicco. Poi si congedò e uscì. Mi affacciai sulla soglia, ancora stordito dalla notizia, e lo sentii dire a Efrem: – Amanyana el mansévo se va a Konstantinopla. Tu te vas a akompanyarlo, apronta todo. Nella tasca destra, la mano toccò i dadi. 19. Ero sul ponte, ancora guardato a vista, ma non mi sentivo prigioniero. Esposto al vento del Sud, che gonfia le vele e rende gli uomini ombrosi come cavalli, mi sentivo vivo, pronto ad affrontare gli eventi, lucido e attento.

La Senyora ha voluto regalare tutto il mobilio superfluo, i vestiti, i libri. Anche gli arazzi. Ben Adret è in piedi, accanto alla porta. Lascia che sia Ismail a entrare, a sfiorare il letto di morte della donna che tanti anni prima lo fece sperare in un nuovo inizio. Il vecchio si muove lento, come avesse paura di urtare presenze invisibili. Si ferma davanti a una mensola alla parete, sulla quale campeggiano una Bibbia ebraica e un Talmud. Quest’ultimo ha un aspetto familiare. Lo hanno stampato i librai Usque, a Ferrara, tanti anni prima.

Nasi mi aveva voluto spettatore di una messa in scena, dunque toccava a me decifrare i ruoli. Il segretario del Gran Visir rappresentava l’impero.

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