The Chess MachineBook - 2007
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.
Uniform Title: Schachautomat. English
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2007.
Edition: 1st American ed.
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 344 p. ; 25 cm.