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Babel : or the necessity of violence : an arcane history of the Oxford translators' revolution  Cover Image Large Print Book Large Print Book

Babel : or the necessity of violence : an arcane history of the Oxford translators' revolution / R.F. Kuang.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9798885783644
  • ISBN: 888578364D
  • Physical Description: 953 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
  • Edition: Large print edition.
  • Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2022.

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Summary, etc.:
"From award-winning author R. F. Kuang comes Babel, a thematic response to The Secret History and a tonal retort to Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell that grapples with student revolutions, colonial resistance, and the use of language and translation as thedominating tool of the British empire. 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, all in preparation for the day he'll enroll in Oxford University's prestigious Royal Institute of Translation--also known as Babel. Babel is the world's center for translation and, more importantly, magic. Silver working--the art of manifesting the meaning lost in translation using enchanted silver bars--has made the British unparalleled in power, as its knowledge serves the Empire's quest for colonization. For Robin, Oxford is a utopia dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge.But knowledge obeys power, and as a Chinese boy raised in Britain, Robin realizes serving Babel means betraying his motherland. As his studies progress, Robin finds himself caught between Babel and the shadowy Hermes Society, an organization dedicated tostopping imperial expansion. When Britain pursues an unjust war with China over silver and opium, Robin must decide... Can powerful institutions be changed from within, or does revolution always require violence?"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: University of Oxford > Fiction.
Translators > Fiction.
Chinese > England > Fiction.
Imperialism > Fiction.
Magic > Fiction.
Great Britain > History > 19th century > Fiction.
Genre: Large print books.
Fantasy fiction.
Alternative histories (Fiction)

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  • 3 of 4 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Little Dixie Regional.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Little Dixie - Main Library - Moberly LP F KUANG (Text) 2004746254 New Adult Fiction Shelves Checked out 03/01/2023
Little Dixie - Paris LP F KUANG (Text) 2004746246 New Adult Fiction Shelves Available -


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