Babel, or The Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution by R.F. Kuang

Babel, or The Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution

R.F. Kuang

fiction historical speculative fiction challenging dark reflective medium-paced

545 pages | first published 2022

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Traduttore, traditore: An act of translation is always an act of betrayal.1828. Robin Swift, orphaned by cholera in Canton, is brought to London by the mysterious Professor Lovell. There, he trains for years in Latin, Ancient Greek, and Chinese, a...
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