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Brothers wreck by Jada Alberts
Jeptha of offerbelofte by Joost van den Vondelhofmeester
Ruben's Big Day Out by Robyn Richardsonbear

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Ruben is a Jesuit Priest living in Macao. The 16th and 17th Century events are tip-toeing through Europe like an amazing Giant would, shaking the roots of all the past beliefs, leaving huge finger prints all throughout the scientific work, and throughout the religious structures. He lives during the time of the first printed books, the time when the Bible is for the first time publicly questioned, the time of trials in the name of God, against progress and science and against individuals that are ahead of their time. He is a contemporary of Giordano Bruno, Campanella, Da Vinci and Shakespeare.

He is Ama's and Ottavio's friend and he frequents Ama's coffee house that proves to be an essential space for instigating the change. The transition into the Age of Reason needed a place where all are equal, where every-single-one can pay his bill, where any-one can sit, talk and listen. Ama's coffee-house was visited by passers-by, scholars, teachers, and students, all sitting on the floor or low benches reading and discussing the purpose of their existence. Ama's magic space was always full of story-telling, full of inspiration and mental exchange.

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