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Der erste Band der gefeierten »Barock-Trilogie«

Europa, um 1665: Daniel Waterhouse, Querdenker, Puritaner und Verächter der alten Geheimwissenschaften, strebt mit seinem Freund Isaac Newton und einigen anderen großen Geistern des barocken Europa nach Wissen und Erkenntnis, während die Welt ringsum ein einziges Chaos ist. Überall ringt die Vernunft mit dem blutigen Ehrgeiz der Mächtigen, und jederzeit können Katastrophen – ob natürlich oder hausgemacht – die politische Landschaft über Nacht verändern. In dieser Zeit steigt Jack Shaftoe vom Londoner Gassenjungen zum legendären König der Vagabunden auf. Er riskiert Leib und Leben für sein Glück und seine Liebe – und verliert durch die Syphilis schleichend den Verstand. Gleichzeitig schlägt sich seine Geliebte Eliza, die er aus einem türkischen Harem befreit hat, bis zum Hof Ludwigs XIV. durch, wird Mätresse, Spionin und Schachfigur in den Händen von königlichen Staatenlenkern. Die Wege von Daniel, Jack und Eliza führen kreuz und quer durch das zerrissene Europa, sie berühren und verschlingen sich, während allerorten ein neues Zeitalter seine Schatten voraus wirft …

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 25, 2003 – Stephenson's very long historical novel, the first volume of a projected trilogy, finds Enoch Root, the Wandering Jew/alchemist from 1999's Cryptonomicon, arriving in 1713 Boston to collect Daniel Waterhouse and take him back to Europe. Waterhouse, an experimenter in early computational systems and an old pal of Isaac Newton, is needed to mediate the fight for precedence between Newton and scientist and philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, both of whom independently invented the calculus. Their escalating feud threatens to revert science to pre-empirical times. Root believes Waterhouse, as a close friend to both mathematicians, has the ability to calm the neurotic Newton's nerves and make peace with Leibniz. As Waterhouse sails back to Europe (and eludes capture by the pirate Blackbeard), he reminisces about Newton and the birth of England's scientific revolution during the 1600s. While the Waterhouse story line lets readers see luminaries like Robert Hooke and Isaac Newton at work, a concurrent plot line follows vagabond Jack Shaftoe (an ancestor of a Cryptonomicon character, as is Waterhouse), on his journey across 17th-century continental Europe. Jack meets Eliza, a young English woman who has escaped from a Turkish harem, where she spent her teenage years. The resourceful Eliza eventually rises and achieves revenge against the slave merchant who sold her to the Turks. Stephenson, once best known for his techno-geek SF novel Snow Crash, skillfully reimagines empiricists Newton, Hooke and Leibniz, and creatively retells the birth of the scientific revolution. He has a strong feel for history and a knack for bringing settings to life. Expect high interest in this title, as much for its size and ambition, which make it a publishing event, as for its sales potential which is high. FYI:The second volume in the Baroque Cycle, The Confusion, is scheduled to hit stores next April, followed by The System of the World in September 2004.
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  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Jun 24, 2005
  • Publisher: Manhattan
  • Seller: Random House DE
  • Print Length: 1152 Pages
  • Language: German
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