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Wu Ming

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To purchase 54

Title: 54
Author: Wu Ming
Genre: Novel
Written: 2002 (Eng. 2005)
Length: 549 pages
Original in: Italian
Availability: 54 - US
54 - UK
54 - Canada
  • Italian title: 54
  • Translated by Shaun Whiteside

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Why we haven't reviewed it yet:

Haven't quite worked our way up to it; seems like a lot to tackle

Chances that we will review it:

Decent -- eventually

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Review Summaries
Source Rating Date Reviewer
The Guardian . 21/5/2005 Chris Petit
The Independent . 11/7/2005 David Isaacson

  From the Reviews:
  • "(A) baggy story of post-war Italy at the height of the cold war. This diverting post-modernist entertainment -- about narcotics, the cheap potency of Hollywood, the coming of television, the balance of political power, and how the effects knock on down the line -- is skilled in teasing fact and fiction." - Chris Petit, The Guardian

  • "The authorial omniscience, satirical tone and historical veracity might seem quaint coming from a band of anarchists. Yet by the collective nature of its fluent voice, Wu Ming subverts traditional literary norms. In contrast with those Structuralist and Marxist academics who have produced reams of speculative theories on the death of the solitary auteur, Wu Ming has acted." - David Isaacson, The Independent

Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review's biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. We acknowledge (and remind and warn you) that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure.

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About the Author:

       'Wu Ming' is the pseudonym of an Italian author-collective; they have also published under the name 'Luther Blissett'.

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