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Babel : an Arcane history  Cover Image Preloaded Audio Preloaded Audio Playaway, Wonderbooks, Vox read-alongs Playaway, Wonderbooks, Vox read-alongs

Babel : an Arcane history / R. F. Kuang.

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  • ISBN: 9781669659648
  • ISBN: 166965964X
  • Physical Description: 1 audio media player (20 hr., 45 min.) : digital, HD audio ; 3 3/8 x 2 1/8 in.
  • Edition: Unabridged.
  • Publisher: Solon, Ohio : Findaway World, LLC, [2022]

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Participant or Performer Note:
Read by Chris Lew Kum Hoi and Billie Fulford-Brown.
Summary, etc.:
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 to stopping 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?
Subject: Translating and interpreting > Fiction.
Magic > Fiction.
Imperialism > Moral and ethical aspects > Fiction.
Anti-imperialist movements > Fiction.
China > Foreign relations > Great Britain > Fiction.
Great Britain > Foreign relations > China > Fiction.
Genre: Audiobooks.
Alternative histories (Fiction)
Fantasy fiction.

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  • 2 of 2 copies available at Bibliomation.


  • 0 current holds with 2 total copies.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Easton Public Library PLA KUANG, R. F. (Text) 37777139634224 Adult Fiction Playaway Available -
Ridgefield Library FAN KUANG (Text) 34010154189939 Adult Fiction Playaway Available -

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