Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Teaser Tuesday: Voltaire's Calligrapher by Pablo De Santis

"I was that man's executioner," Kolm whispered in my ear. "He's the living image of my failure."

~Page 86, Voltaire's Calligrapher by Pablo De Santis


Book Description from HarperCollins


Dalessius is twenty when he comes to work for one of the Enlightenment’s most famous minds, the author and philosopher Voltaire. As the great man’s calligrapher, Dalessius becomes witness to many wonders—and finds himself in the middle of a secret battle between the malevolent remnants of the all-but-dead Dark Ages and the progressive elements of the modern age. The calligrapher’s role in this shadowy conflict will carry him to many perilous places— through the gates of sinister castles and to the doors of a bizarre bordello; toward life-and death confrontations with inventive henchmen, ingenious mechanical execution devices, poisonous fish, and murderous automatons. As the conspiracy to halt the Enlightenment’s astonishing progress intensifies, young Dalessius’s courage—as well as Voltaire’s unique cunning and wit—are put to the ultimate test as they strive to ensure the survival of the future.

32 comments:

Karen, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said...

The teaser is totally different from what I expected.

Here's ours: http://ourstack.blogspot.com/2011/02/tuesday-teaser-train-from-marietta-and.html

Tea said...

I know nothing about that period, The Enlightening.

http://readwithtea.blogspot.com/2011/02/teaser-tuesday_15.html

livemorenow said...

This looks very interesting, will look it up. Thanks for sharing.

here is my TT

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

What a curious teaser...it grabs my attention and makes me wonder.

Here's my TEASER TUESDAYS

Yvonne said...

Great teaser! It's making me curious about the book.

Aisle B said...

Now that is a statement that makes you think about this man's relationship to the other in one swoop.

I like the title and cover.

Bev Hankins said...

Who would have guessed that being a calligrapher could be so potentially dangerous?

Thanks for stopping by!

fiction-books said...

Hi Gautami,

Great teaser lines, as dark and mysterious as the rest of the book sounds.

The relationship between the two men appears to be deep and almost sinister.

This has intrigued me enough to add the title to my 'wish list', thanks for the recommendation.

Yvonne

Wakela Runen said...

Great teaser. I will definitely be putting this book down in my TBR list.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

For those that haven't seen my teaser, its up at
Wakela's World - Tuesday Teaser

fredamans said...

Sounds like a wonderfully written novel.

http://fredasvoice.blogspot.com/2011/02/teaser-tuesday_15.html

Universe in Words said...

Great teaser!! Hope you have a great week!!!
Juli

Deepali said...

The premise of the book sounds fascinating! Great teaser, and thanks for coming by e-Volving Books

Lisa loves to read! (Bookworm Lisa) said...

Great teaser. I like it. The book sounds really interesting as well. Thanks for stopping by my teaser earlier to day. Have a great day.

http://lisaisbookworm.blogspot.com
Bookworm Lisa

Beth said...

Wow, what a failure to live with.

Alice Audrey said...

What an intriguing teaser.

CMash said...

Sounds like a very profound read.

Amy said...

Such a powerful teaser!

This book is on my tbr list!

Amy's Tuesday teaser!

BookGirl said...

Great teaser! Makes me curious about the rest of the book

Harvee/Book Bird Dog said...

Started the book and hope to finish it soon. Great teaser.

Tyraa said...

Wow great teaser, i'm interested now.

smellincoffee said...

Failure to do the job, or...'moral failure' in doing it? Is the person a twin or an accidental doppelganger?

BookBelle said...

What a perfectly cool teaser! Thanks for visiting my blog this a.m. Belle

Kah Woei said...

Very funny and intriguing teaser!

Thanks for visiting mine.

Katie said...

hmm interesting. Not what I was expecting when i saw the title.

Thanks for stopping by!

Katie @ Novel Society

Arlee Bird said...

This sounds like a very thoughtful contemplative read.

Lee
Tossing It Out

Jeremy said...

Wow! Very interesting! I might have to take a look at it. Thanks for dropping by mine earlier! Here's mine: http://beltwayliterature.com/2011/02/15/teaser-tuesday-more-capital/

ksbooks said...

My boyfriend loves philosophy and historical fiction, I'll have to find him a copy of this book! Thanks for sharing, it sounds perfect!

You can find my TT here: http://ksbooks.wordpress.com/2011/02/15/teaser-tuesday-31/

Myckyee said...

Great teaser and I like the cover too!

Shelley Munro said...

Hmm, interesting teaser. It sounds like an intriguing book. Thanks for visiting my teaser.

Faye said...

Lately I've been reading quite a few books of historical fiction--mostly mid-late 1700s. It's best of both worlds--you learn about historical figures and events--like your Voltaire--and still get a good yarn. I'll check out for sure.

My TT is from "Rose in a Storm" by Jon Katz. If you like dogs, especially smart border collies, this book may appeal. Link: Summit Musings

Novroz said...

Strong teaser! I like it

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