By Neal Stephenson
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Der Hafen von Algier im Jahr 1689. Jack Shaftoe, selbst ernannter König der Vagabunden und einst heroischer Befreier der einzigartigen Eliza aus einem türkischen Harem, ist als Galeerensklave gefangen. Doch Shaftoe ist nicht bereit, sich dem launischen Spiel des Schicksals zu fügen, und fasst einen verwegenen Fluchtplan. Das Unterfangen gelingt und bringt dem unerschrockenen Glücksritter neben der Freiheit auch das flüchtige Glück sagenhaften Reichtums ein – sowie Feinde ohne Zahl und eine wilde Abenteuerfahrt rund um den Globus.
Unterdessen führt Eliza, mittlerweile Gräfin de l. a. Zeur, am prächtig-dekadenten Hof von Versailles ihren eigenen Feldzug. In den Künsten der Verführung, der Intrige und der Spionage ebenso bewandert wie in handfesten Finanzgeschäften, scheut sie kein Mittel, um ihr Leben und das ihres Sohnes zu schützen – sowie sich an dem Mann zu rächen, der sie um ein Haar ruiniert hätte.
Eine neue Zeit bricht an; doch nicht jeder ist den Herausforderungen des zerrissenen Europa am Vorabend der Moderne so gewachsen wie Eliza. Der Puritaner und Querdenker Daniel Waterhouse sucht sein Heil in der Flucht, den Verheißungen der Neuen Welt entgegen …
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Twice. My mother, when I was twelve. I’d been particularly charming. ” They came to something new: an invention covered with a black cloth. ” Morgan asked. “It’s … well, based on the recording phonograph you’ve just witnessed. ” Again Morgan’s eyebrows rose. ” “My work suggests that memory is released at the point of death into the ether and is swarming all around us all the time. With a sensitive enough device we might even mechanically reclaim the voices of the dead in the same way. ” Morgan looked worried.
Stepping out onto the pillared terrace, he spotted a flash of white gown. The woman had gone to hide behind a potted shrub. Should he bother her? Was she waiting for someone? He inhaled the smell of lilac and philadelphus, then stepped closer, preparing a stilted introduction – “Madame, so sorry to interrupt…” – but found the lady being roughly kissed. The lady’s hands danced over her lover’s neck and shoulders with enthusiasm, running through the wispy curls on the back of a bull-like neck, fighting not with disgust but with passion.
First a triumph abroad, then let’s see if I can’t talk 39 Brilliance with Vanderbilt about lighting New York – and then the rest of America. ” What a character! Edison thought. A man for whom the unfeasible was the only challenge worth undertaking. ” “Evidently,” Mary interjected. “Of a better world. May I explain? ” He poured himself some more wine. “Please, excuse my philosophizing, but I have such a good feeling today. I suspect it’s your fine food, Mrs Edison, but – for some time now, almost ten years, I’ve had a vision, of a simpler society.
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