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Book about automatons : The Secret of the Automaton (Le secret de l´automate).
The Author of this book about automatons: Robert Löhr.
Summary of this book about automatons: A novel about the most incredible and true story of fraud of the 18th century. .
It is a strange scene that takes place in March in the year 1170 in a room of the Château de Shönbrunn, in the presence of Marie-Thérèse the empress of Austria, and the crème de la crème of Europe’s aristocracy. At a table, a man is sitting face to face with a large automaton in a turquish costume. In between them is a game of chess…and, before the eyes of the assembly, the machine defeats the man :check and mate !
The endless ovations that follow are for the attractive and brilliant Wolfgang von Kempelen. No one imagines that inside the intelligent automate hides a prodigy: Tibor a dwarf, a genius at chess, unknown and miserable...
From the prisons of Venise to the salons of Vienna, Kempelen the freethinking baron, and the candid Tibor discover and tear each other apart, joined by the secret that will eventually lead one of them to deprevation and crime; and ,the other to love. At 33 years old, Robert Löhr has been a journalist, screenwriter, dramaturge, actor and a puppettier. He lives in Berlin. The success of his first novel has been compared to that of Perfume written by Patrick Süskind.
Book written in the French language.
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