The Chess Machine

The Chess Machine

Paperback - 2008
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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.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2008.
ISBN: 9780143114369
0143114360
Characteristics: 344 p. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Bell, Anthea

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