Confusion: Roman (Der Barock-Zyklus, Band 2) by Neal Stephenson

By Neal Stephenson

DER ZWEITE TEIL DER MONUMENTALEN BAROCK-TRILOGIE

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 los angeles 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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Florian, on top of that, seemed to have the odd power of drawing him out. Though he kept enough caution to say nothing of Dorning, Theo hardly stopped talking long enough to catch his breath. He gladly unburdened himself, having spoken no more than a dozen words in a dozen days. He detailed his journey with Las Bombas and tried to explain that he had left Mickle for her own good. He finally realized he had been babbling and let his account trail off. "He loved her," sighed Rina. "It was noble of him.

Yes, well--- in fact, I do," Theo declared. Having made this claim, he wondered how to justify it. He paused, hastily seeking an idea, then went on. " "They proved reluctant," the count admitted. " "Now you can. Put those arms and legs together with the phrenological head. Dress the girl in a black robe and hood, at a table with one candle in front of her. The spirit appears out of thin air--- Musket and I can pull it up and down on strings--- and seems to talk. " The count said nothing for a long moment.

There's another dream I have. It doesn't frighten me. It only makes me want to cry. I dream about my mother and father. It's a nice dream at first. We're happy, laughing, playing hide-and-seek the way we used to do. Then it's my turn to hide and they can't find me. They're calling for me but when I answer they can't hear me. They're very sad and so am I. " She was trembling. After a moment, she pulled away and without another word went to her room. Theo stood, about to follow. Musket was bellowing for him to come and lend a hand.

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