The Chess Machine

The Chess Machine


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Paperback
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$15.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143114369
  • 352 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult

Overview

In 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.

The Chess Machine

The Chess Machine

Robert Lohr, Translator: Anthea Bell

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