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The Chess Machine by Robert Löhr
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The Chess Machine (2005)

by Robert Löhr

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So boring, I couldn't finish it.
  lovelypenny | Feb 4, 2016 |
Very interesting story based on history, with characters I felt invested in. I only have a few minor issues with the story; one of which is the decision to use deception from the get-go. I believe they would have earnestly tried to make a chess playing machine and when that did not succeed, then go with deception as Plan B. Otherwise, superb from beginning to end! ( )
  dewbertb | Jan 21, 2016 |
I listened to the recorded version of this book and ended up not finishing the novel. I think it was because I simply didn't like the narrator. The main drawback to listening to a book is that the narrator DOES make a difference in the perception of the book. In this case I found the narrator to have a smug toneless tone, and that made none of the characters sympathetic to the listener. At some point in time I might read this book, but for now I have let go of the recorded version and sent it to the used book store. ( )
  benitastrnad | Oct 4, 2015 |
Different and fascinating! ( )
  tabascofromgudreads | Apr 19, 2014 |
I bought the book based on the cover alone and never realised that it's by a german author. I hadn't heard of kempelen either. The story itself was interesting, but i missed kempelen's motive for deceiving people so thoroughly although he was a scientist, and what drove him to kill.
  verenka | Sep 27, 2011 |
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Yet none of these ideas is developed to a point where it drives either plot or character; they are merely an arcane embellishment to a pacy historical thriller.
 
Istorijska pustolovina o legendarnom pokušaju obmane koja oduzima dah.

Od venecijanske tamnice do carskog dvora u Beču, od plemićkih palata do uličica jevrejske četvrti – uzbudljiv istorijski i pustolovni roman o najčuvenijoj prevari 18. veka.

Kada je godine 1770. dvorski savetnik Volfgang fon Kempelen na habzburškom dvoru predstavio svoju mašinu koja igra šah, čovek-mašina važio je za najveličanstveniju tekovinu veka. Ali u unutrašnjosti mašine, zapravo, krio se jedan patuljak – i taj čovečji mozak pokazao se ujedno kao umirući i, na kraju, smrtan. Od tada, senzacija koja je predstavljena u Presburgu ubrzo postaje najomiljeniji eksponat u Ugarskom carstvu. Ono što habzburški dvor proglašava za najveći pronalazak veka, nije ništa drugo do sjajna obmana: mozak automata je čovek – Tibor, Italijan patuljastog rasta, upravlja iz utrobe automata „Turčinom koji igra šah“. Čovek-mašina postaje meta špijunaže, crkvene hajke i plemićkih spletkarenja – i Tibor mora da nadraste samog sebe da ne bi propao zajedno sa šahovskom mašinom.
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Robert Löhrprimary authorall editionscalculated
Miralles de Imperial, LluísTranslatormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bell, AntheaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Del Monte, AndréTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Michahelles, KristinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Miralles de Imperial, LluísTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nordang, AstridTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Virkkunen, RiittaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Weerdt-Schellekens, Henriëtte vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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On the way from Vienna to Paris with his family Wolfgang von Kempelen stopped in Neuchâtel, where on 11 March 1783, at the inn on the marketplace, he presented his legendary chess machine, an android in Turkish robes that could play chess.
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Þegar Wolfgang von Kempelen kynnir til sögunnar ótrúlega uppfinningu sína í Vín árið 1770 verður uppi fótur og fit: þetta er skákvél í mannsmynd. Að baki býr þó ekki hugvit Kempelens eins og flestir trúa, heldur snilligáfa ítalska dvergsins Tibors sem stjórnar vélinni innan frá – því í raun er þetta stórbrotna og umtalaða tækniundur ekki annað en meiri háttar sjónhverfing og tál.Kempelen fer með fylgdarliði sínu vítt um Evrópu til að sýna skákmenni sitt og hvarvetna undrast menn fyrirbærið og dást að því. En þegar fögur tælandi hefðarkona lætur lífið á voveiflegan hátt í návist Skáktyrkjans vakna illar grunsemdir og tortryggni í garð uppfinningamannsins.Hvert er hið myrka leyndarmál að baki vélinni og af hvaða rótum er vald hennar runnið?Skáktyrkinn eftir Robert Löhr er margslungin söguleg skáldsaga og fjallar á áhrifamikinn hátt um þjóðsagnakennda uppfinningu og þann vef blekkinga, öfundar, hneykslismála og losta sem spinnst í kringum hana við hirðina í Vínarborg í lok 18. aldar.
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Baron Wolfgang von Kempelen dazzles the public with the "creation" of an automated chess-playing machine that is secretly operated from within by an outcast Italian dwarf, until the mysterious death of a seductive countess places the machine under suspicion.… (more)

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