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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 by means of his lover, imprisoned, and accused of treason. Given the opportunity to flee, he embarks on a trans-European odyssey that may try out his loyalty and strength him to question even his own identity.

via a sequence of lethal political video games prime all of the strategy 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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Venezia vuole la vostra testa e lo annuncia ai quattro venti. – Smettetela di girarci attorno, – esclamai. – Molto bene. Allora cominciamo dal principio. Come mai un giudeo di Ragusa è finito a proteggere i segreti della Serenissima? Con stupore, mi accorsi di una cosa. Volevo essere sincero. Mi era capitato spesso di immaginare un frangente simile: rapito dal nemico, torchiato, torturato. Ogni volta, nella mia testa, mi figuravo come nascondere o distorcere la verità, portare l’altro fuori strada, servirgli intriganti miscele di realtà e menzogna.

Un fetore stagnante ferì le narici. Puzzo di morte, escrementi, urina. Il mio arrivo era salutato come si conviene. Guardai Efrem, che mi affiancava sul ponte. Rispose senza attendere domande, attraverso un fazzoletto messo a protezione delle narici. Disse che erano le concerie. E i cordai. E i mattatoi. La nave costeggiò le mura imponenti che serravano la città da più di mille anni. Un velo di neve cominciava a coprire i tetti delle case di legno, ma anche in quella giornata plumbea le cupole dorate mandavano luce.

Ora capivo l’agitazione degli abitanti: dovevano sbrigare le loro faccende prima che la neve bloccasse del tutto quelle sudicie stradine. Arrancando nella poltiglia, incrociavamo uomini di ogni parte del mondo. Italiani a crocchi, veneti e genovesi, olandesi rubizzi, francesi, moscoviti foderati di pelliccia. E bosniaci col turbante, zingari, persiani e arabi, greci, turchi, armeni robusti. Ero ai piedi della torre di Babele, appena dopo che Iddio confuse le menti e le lingue. Mancavano soltanto i selvaggi delle Americhe.

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