Q

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Arrow, 2004 - English fiction - 635 pages
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A bestseller across Europe this international phenomenon is an ambitious, dynamic and intelligent historical novel written by four young Italian men.

Set in the time of tremendous religious and political upheaval caused by the Reformation in Europe, Q begins with Luther nailing his 95 theses on the door of the Wittenberg cathedral -- a historical flash point which would completely disrupt European society. The novel traces the adventures and conflicts of two central characters as they travel across Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. One is an Anabaptist, a member of the most radical Protestant sect. These are the anarchists of the Reformation who revolted against Catholicism and the emerging Reformation church. The other is a Catholic spy and informer.

Like the leaders of religious reform, the book’s authors break with tradition -- seeking anonymity behind the pseudonym Luther Blissett. They have successfully created a world of intrigue, violence and intense political and religious passion. A phenomenal bestseller in Italy and Holland – Q is now being translated into eight languages. When it was first published anonymously in Italy, it was widely rumoured to be the work of Umberto Eco.

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About the author (2004)

Luther Blissett was, until recently, on the coaching staff at Watford Football Club. A soccer-player, he is perhaps best known for his brief and inglorious stint at AC Milan in the early 80’s. He had nothing to do with the writing of this book.

Frederico Guglielmi, Fabrizio Belletati, Luca di Meo and Giovanni Cattabriga, the real authors of Q, range in age from 26 to 36 and live in Bologna.

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