Fifty Four

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William Heinemann, 2005 - Adventure stories - 549 pages
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The year is 1954, the height of the Cold War. The world is divided into East and West. In Naples, Lucky Luciano and his minions are busy fixing horse-races, and overseeing the creation of the global heroin trade. In Hollywood, members of Her Majesty's Secret Service have a bizarre and dangerous mission for Cary Grant. And in Bologna,, a lovelorn young barman, is about to embark on a painful odyssey in search of his missing father. Bringing together all these strands and more is a missing television set, a McGuffin Electric, an appliance with a very special secret-At once a political thriller and a touching romance, 54 has a cast ranging from Italian partisans to KGB agents, from American Mafiosi to Parisian lowlifes, and features appearances by Alfred Hitchcock, Marshal Tito and the Emperor of Indochina. Wu Ming - the collective formerly known as Luther Blissett - have produced another tour-de-force that paints a dazzling picture of a past age while slyly commenting on our own. Praise for Q: 'If ever there was a novel that deserved to win prizes, accolades and plaudits, it is Q- A great novel, one that tells us about ourselves and how we came to be here.' Scotland on Sunday 'Serves up a feast of heart-pounding, mind-stretching thrills... The mud and blood, visions and ideals of 16th-century Europe come back to gruesome, glorious life.' Independent 'Q is a rowdy, scatalogical novel... Bracingly reanimates an era of frenzy that longed to burn the world clean.' Guardian

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Wu Ming means “no name” and therefore “anonymous” in Mandarin Chinese.

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