Altai by Wu Ming
A Novel

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Altai is a great historical thriller and the prose has all the surface glitter of the Grand Canal or the Golden Horn.
-Financial Times

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When a fire rips through the Venetian Arsenal in 1569, the enigmatic Emanuele De Zante, spy-catcher and secret agent, is betrayed by his lover, imprisoned, and accused of treason. Given the chance to escape, he embarks on a trans-European odyssey that will test his loyalty and force him to question even his own identity.

Through a series of deadly political games leading all the way to the Sultan’s palace in Constantinople, De Zante and his companions spiral headfirst toward a conflict in which the great empires of the Republic of Venice and the Ottomans threaten the very foundations of civilization.


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About Wu Ming

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Wu Ming is a collective of four Italian fiction writers based in Bologna, Italy. Wu Ming’s books include the bestselling novel Q, under the previous pseudonym Luther Blissett, nominated for the Guardian First Book Award, and Manituana. Their website is www.wumingfoundation.com. Shaun Whiteside has translated from German works by Freud, Schnitzler, Musil and Nietzsche, and, most recently, The Weekend by Bernhard Schlink (2011). His translation of Magdalena the Sinner by Lilian Faschinger won the 1996 Schlegel-Tieck Award. He lives in London.
 
Published April 9, 2013 by Verso. 273 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Reviewed by Ian Sansom on May 31 2013

...many of us would rather read about the adventures of a De Zante than think too hard about the nature of geopolitics. Wu Ming make it possible to do both.

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Reviewed by Edward Stourton on May 10 2013

Altai is a great historical thriller and the prose has all the surface glitter of the Grand Canal or the Golden Horn.

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