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Mathias Enard Fitz­car­raldo Edi­tions €13.25

In 1506 a young Michelan­gelo, worn down by in­trigue and his em­ployer the Pope, trav­els to Con­stantino­ple to de­sign a bridge. There he finds in­spi­ra­tion in a cos­mopoli­tan city and is se­duced by an an­drog­y­nous singer; what he doesn’t re­alise is that some of the Sul­tan’s court will stop at noth­ing to stop his project. In a com­pelling tale with a cred­i­ble ba­sis in fact, Enard evokes the grandeur of the Ot­toman Empire and the frus­tra­tion of a ge­nius in thrall to pow­er­ful rulers.

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