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Gutenberg's Apprentice

Gutenberg's Apprentice
  

An enthralling literary debut that evokes one of the most momentous events in history, the birth of printing in medieval Germany--a story of invention, intrigue, and betrayal, rich in atmosphere and historical detail, told through the lives of the three men who made it possible.Y... read full description below.

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Published 23 September 2014 by Harper
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Christie, Alix
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ISBN-13 9780062336019
ISBN-10 0062336010
Stock Ready to ship - Less than 10 items
Publisher Harper
Imprint Harper
Publication Date 23 September 2014
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Christie, Alix
Category Modern Fiction
Historical Fiction
Number of Pages 406
Dimensions Width: 162mm
Height: 236mm
Spine: 34mm
Weight 581g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code FIC
Catalogue Code 561921

Description of this Book

An enthralling literary debut that evokes one of the most momentous events in history, the birth of printing in medieval Germany--a story of invention, intrigue, and betrayal, rich in atmosphere and historical detail, told through the lives of the three men who made it possible.Youthful, ambitious Peter Schoeffer is on the verge of professional success as a scribe in Paris when his foster father, wealthy merchant and bookseller Johann Fust, summons him home to corrupt, feud-plagued Mainz to meet a most amazing man. Johann Gutenberg, a driven and caustic inventor, has devised a revolutionary--and to some, blasphemous--method of bookmaking: a machine he calls a printing press. Fust is financing Gutenberg's workshop and he orders Peter, his adopted son, to become Gutenberg's apprentice. Resentful at having to abandon a prestigious career as a scribe, Peter begins his education in the darkest art. As his skill grows, so, too, does his admiration for Gutenberg and his dedication to their daring venture: copies of the Holy Bible. But mechanical difficulties and the crushing power of the Catholic Church threaten their work. As outside forces align against them, Peter finds himself torn between two father figures: the generous Fust, who saved him from poverty after his mother died; and the brilliant, mercurial Gutenberg, who inspires Peter to achieve his own mastery.Caught between the genius and the merchant, the old ways and the new, Peter and the men he admires must work together to prevail against overwhelming obstacles--a battle that will change history . . . and irrevocably transform them.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Schoeffer anchors the story, but Gutenberg flashes-megalomaniacal and duplicitous, with hair 'wild and bristling to his shoulders...beard cascad[ing]...glinting here and there like twists of wire, ' and 'glowing, canine eyes.' Christie masterfully depicts the time and energy required to print the first Bibles...A bravura debut. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author's Bio

Alix Christie is an author, journalist, and letterpress printer. She learned the craft as an apprentice to two master California printers, and owns and operates a 1910 Chandler & Price letterpress. She holds a master of fine arts degree from Saint Mary's College of California and lives in London, where she reviews books and arts for The Economist. Gutenberg's Apprentice is her first novel.

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