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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 8 September 2015 by Harper Perennial
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Author(s) By Christie, Alix
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ISBN-13 9780062336026
ISBN-10 0062336029
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Harper Perennial
Imprint Harper Perennial
Publication Date 8 September 2015
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Christie, Alix
Category Modern Fiction
Historical Fiction
Number of Pages 432
Dimensions Width: 135mm
Height: 203mm
Spine: 25mm
Weight 318g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Historical fiction, Printers, Gutenberg, Johann, Printing - Germany - History, Thrillers (Fiction)
NBS Text Historical & Mythological Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.6
Catalogue Code Not specified

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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 Christie has created a rich, masterful tale of the darkest art and its powerful effect on the written word. --Shelf Awareness

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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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