“For page-riffling ingenuity attached to historical heft and narrative muscle, no recent conspiracy epic comes close to the Reformation romp Q by “Luther Blissett”. In this case, the book’s back-story surpasses in improbability anything that takes place on the page.
Named in tribute to a former Watford striker who suffered racist abuse while playing at AC Milan, “Luther Blissett” was the sobriquet of a quartet of anarchist cultural pranksters from Bologna. For some still-mysterious reason, they turned to subversive historical fiction – and succeeded mightily.
Changing their name to “Wu Ming”, the group followed Q with 54, which wittily permed its knotty Cold War plot with both Cary Grant and Marshal Tito. In July, “Wu Ming” will release another show of period pyrotechnics in Britain: Manituana, which promises an Indian-centred alternative history of the American Revolution. Why wait for an emetic binge with Brown with such tasty and robust helpings of Bolognese sauce already on the table?”
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