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Discípulo de Gutenberg, El par Alix…
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Discípulo de Gutenberg, El (original 2014; édition 2015)

par Alix Christie (Auteur), Julia Osuna (Traducteur)

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When his foster father, a wealthy merchant and bookseller, finances Johann Gutenberg and his printing press, Peter Schoeffer is ordered to become Gutenberg's apprentice and begins his education in the "darkest art" as they print copies of the Holy Bible, drawing the wrath of the Church.
Membre:juan1961
Titre:Discípulo de Gutenberg, El
Auteurs:Alix Christie (Auteur)
Autres auteurs:Julia Osuna (Traducteur)
Info:Roca Editorial (2015), Edición: 1, 400 páginas
Collections:Libro electrónico, Votre bibliothèque, En cours de lecture
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Mots-clés:Literatura inglesa, Histórica, Alemania, Siglo XV, Maguncia, Libros

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Gutenberg's Apprentice par Alix Christie (2014)

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El joven y ambicioso Peter Schöeffer goza de un gran éxito profesional como escriba en París cuando su padre adoptivo, Johann Fust, un rico comerciante y librero, le pide que regrese a Maguncia, su tierra natal.
Allí, un atrevido y mordaz Johann Gutenberg ha ideado un revolucionario sistema de copia: una máquina que él denomina imprenta. Johann Fust ordena a su hijo adoptivo que vaya a trabajar con Gutenberg para convertirse en su aprendiz. Resentido por tener que abandonar una carrera prestigiosa como escriba, Peter finalmente acepta y comienza a formarse con su nuevo maestro en esa oscura manera de entender el arte de la copia.
Atrapado entre el genio y el comerciante, entre las viejas formas y un mundo nuevo, Peter y los hombres a los que admira deberán trabajar juntos para prevalecer contra una abrumadora sucesión de obstáculos, en una batalla cultural que irrevocablemente cambiará la historia para siempre.
  juan1961 | Oct 18, 2020 |
I'd read this again; it paints a vivid picture of working in the printing shop in Manz in the 1400s, and there's a fair amount of intrigue. ( )
  deckla | Jul 15, 2018 |
Hesitating what rating to give this book. Looking at how interesting I found it, it deserves 3.5 stars, but taking into account how loooong it took me to read it and how boring I thought it was from time to time, I'm not giving it more than 3.
The book didn't sparkle, it didn't make the characters come to life while I was reading.
I did finish it, first of all because I dislike not finishing a book and secondly I wanted to know how it ended. And then the real end: what happened after the dedicated time they said it would take to print, the settling of affaires. I could have read the afterword, but then there would have been holes in my knowledge of the book.

I am happy to have come across this book and having the chance to learn a bit more about the start of the art of book printing. ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Sep 26, 2017 |
In her debut novel, Christie explores one of the most momentous events in history: the invention of the printing press. The author used the real people involved, researching historical documents to support way she imagined the scenario unfolding.

I generally like novels such as this one, but for some reason I had a very hard time getting engaged in this work. It took me nearly two weeks to read it, about double the amount of time I usually need for a 400-page book. I did find the information about the conflicts between the guilds, the ruling class, and the Church interesting, but it went on for so long that I grew tired of the political and personal intrigue, and by the time the climax came I didn’t much care what would happen to the relationships between the three central figures: Gutenberg, Fust, and Peter.

I have always read the notation at the end of print books, telling me what type face was used for that edition. That information holds new meaning for me now, as I imagine the original artist carefully carving the alphabet in a new design. In this age of digital print, it is all the more wonderful to imagine the creativity, skill and hard work that went into this marvelous invention. ( )
  BookConcierge | Apr 9, 2017 |
Most of us have, several times in our own lifetimes, seen how new technologies have produced radical cultural change and, therefore, new cultural anxieties. Consider the impact of the computer and the cell phone. Those even older remember how television and air conditioning altered their lives. What we don't often think about is how, even several centuries ago, the same phenomenon took place: Technology brought change and, with it, anxiety.

We know before we open Alix Christie's 2014 novel "Gutenberg's Apprentice" how it will turn out: Johann Gutenberg is going to print a Bible using movable type. Before 1450, Bibles and every other kind of book had to be copied by hand by scribes, a long process that meant every book was precious but also that there were very few books and little reason for most people to learn how to read. So whatever tension and drama the novel contains has to do with how the printing press will change the known world. How will the church accept it? How will the aristocracy accept it? Will his press make Gutenberg rich or put him in prison?

Christie sticks close to the facts, adding details, conversations and minor characters. Her focus is not on Gutenberg but Peter Schoeffer, a young man trained as a scribe and ready to begin a career copying sacred books. Then his foster father, Johann Fust, convinces him to become Gutenberg's apprentice. Fust has invested money in Gutenberg's idea for a printing press, and he wants Peter both to keep an eye on his investment and get in on the ground floor of what could be an important new technology. It is he who tells Peter, "Once we have found the secret to the letters, there will be no need for scribes."

So while Gutenberg is the driving force of the project and Fust bankrolls it, Peter eventually becomes committed to the idea and contributes many of the innovations that make it successful (even though Gutenberg later claims he did it all by himself). Meanwhile there is the constant threat of interference from church leaders, as well as Peter's on-again, off-again romance with a young woman who isn't so sure God wants his Bible to be reproduced by machine.

Christie had never written a novel before, but she is a professional printer, which gives her a unique appreciation for what Gutenberg and Schoeffer went through. And her novel, published by Harper, may not be Gutenberg's Bible, but it nevertheless is a wonderful piece of printing in itself. Few novels are as physically beautiful as this one. ( )
  hardlyhardy | Mar 24, 2017 |
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