[thingist] Wu Ming Presents Manituana (This Fri @ BlueStockings)
snafu at thething.it
Wed Nov 18 22:31:02 UTC 2009
Date: Friday, November 20, 2009
172 Allen St
New York, NY
Wu Ming is a pseudonym for a group of Italian authors, “a band of
guerrilla novelists” whom have collaboratively written several novels,
including 54 (2002), Manituana (2009), and, under the pseudonym of
Luther Blissett, Q (1999).
The novel “Manituana,” recently published by Verso in the UK and the
United States, is the newest of Wu Ming’s collectively authored books.
It was written between 2003-2007, and is the first of an 18th-century
pan-Atlantic trilogy set during the firmament of the American Revolution.
The book is set during the Revolutionary War. This novel blends fact and
fiction in a story that centers on a New World family of mixed British
and Native American descent. The Johnson-Brant clan lives in a world
that is familiar but not immediately of its time: hunter-gathering and
Indian cosmology are part of a way of life that also includes
violin-playing and living in stone houses rather than teepees. With
fleeting glimpses of historical figures, set-piece battle narratives,
and epic wilderness scenes, Manituana weaves the chaos of the civil war
and the founding of a new nation into a story on the heroic scale of
James Fenimore Cooper’s The Last of the Mohicans, and with a cult appeal
similar to Mark Danielewski’s House of Leaves.
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