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"[Q] is a historical novel of the grand and sweeping sort, one that aims to capture not a life or a moment, but an era of pivotal importance."--Washington Post Book World

"It is hard to do better than this vivid, terrifying portrait of a survivor of the Protestant Reformation . . . The characters in Q bleed real blood, blood that was still soaking Europe in the trenches of World War I, and the firestorms of World War II." — The New Republic

While sixteenth-century Europe is devastated by the wars of religion following the Reformation, a young theology student adopts the cause of the heretics and the disinherited. Our hero, an Anabaptist who travels under many names, and his enemy, Q, a papal informer and heretic hunter, play a game in which no moves are forbidden. Across the chessboard of Europe, from the German plains to the flourishing Dutch cities and south to Venice, what begins as a struggle to reveal each other's identity eventually becomes part of a much greater mission: total annihilation of the enemy.

Part thriller, part novel of ideas, Q is as richly imagined as Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose or Iain Pears's An Instance of the Fingerpost and as subversively political as Michel Houellebecq's Atomised.

The four pseudonymous authors of Q live in Bologna, Italy. Their website is www.wumingfoundation.com.

Translated from the Italian by Shaun Whiteside

"Q . . . is as mysterious as a miracle and hot as a burning heretic." — The Raleigh News and Observer

"This is a big book and a big canvas . . . The panorama is big and bloody and breathtaking: a crush of colour and crowds, exotic locations and war." — The Times (London)

Synopsis:

A bestseller across Europe, Q is a hugely ambitious and brilliantly achieved novel set in the chaos of Reformation Europe.

In 1517 Martin Luther nails his 95 theses demanding reform of the Catholic Church to the door of the cathedral church in Wittenburg, setting off the period of upheaval, war, and violence we now know as the Reformation. During the reigns of the Habsburg Charles V and his enemy the French king Francis I, the Papacy desperately struggles to secure its position and undermine its political opponents.

Meanwhile, as declared foes of the Roman Church, the radical Protestant Anabaptists are in rebellion against an entire order of European society and are persecuted and brutalized by those outside their sphere.

In this age devastated by the wars of religion, a young theology student adopts the cause of the heretics and the disinherited. Across the chessboard of Europe, from the German plains to the flourishing Dutch cities and south to Venice, our hero, an Anabaptist who travels under many names, and his enemy, Q, a papal informer and heretic hunter, play a game in which no moves are forbidden. What begins as a struggle to reveal each other's identity eventually becomes part of a much greater mission: to destroy and achieve domination over each other.

Part thriller, part novel of ideas, Q is as richly imagined as Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose or Iain Pears' An Instance of the Fingerpost and as subversively political as Michel Houellebecq's Atomised.

Synopsis:

"Imagine Umberto Eco's knack for the swashbuckling thriller of ideas crossed with an artful touch of Le Carre, and you have a fair idea of the novel's mood. . . . As a historical blockbuster, it boasts pace, colour, excitement and suspense to spare. . . . Q works like a charm." — The Independent (London)

"This is a big book and a big canvas. . . . The panorama is big and bloody and breathtaking; a crush of colour and crowds, exotic locations and war. The sheer weight of its authors' historical research provides a convincing backdrop for the fictional heroes." — The Times (London)

About the Author

First published anonymously in Italy, and crafted by four young writers under the pseudonym LUTHER BLISSETT, Q has become a cult bestseller across Europe

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Andrew Daily, August 4, 2008 (view all comments by Andrew Daily)
What a strange beast of a book this is. Part historical novel, part spy thriller, part philosophical rumination, part radical political manifesto, this book portrays the history of the radical reformation as an allegory of our own troubled days. All written by four authors posing as one.

The book opens at Frankenhausen, the climactic battle of the German Peasant's War (1524/5). A charismatic former monk, Thomas Muntzer, led a largely unarmed peasant army against the forces of the Holy Roman Empire, believing God would intervene and bring victory. The result is not hard to predict. We meet the main character (whose name varies) attempting to escape the resulting massacre.

The rest of the book follows the narrator's trail across Europe, from one heretical sect to another, all plotting to overthrow the existing powers and establish a heaven on earth, contra the landlords and the Church. He is haunted and blocked at every turn by Q, a sinister papal agent.

The book is an allegory of the fortunes of radical, particularly radical Italian politics, in the late 20th/early 21st centuries. The novel's closest contemporaries are Umberto Eco and Thomas Pynchon, in that it is a crowded, sprawling, entertaining, hilarious, anarchic, messy joy of a novel, one that pleases at many levels, from straight-ahead thriller on to a novel of ideas.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780156031967
Translator:
Whiteside, Shaun
Publisher:
Harvest Books
Translator:
Whiteside, Shaun
Author:
Blissett, Luther
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Reformation
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Heretics, Christian.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20050531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
768
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1.7 lb

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"Synopsis" by ,
A bestseller across Europe, Q is a hugely ambitious and brilliantly achieved novel set in the chaos of Reformation Europe.

In 1517 Martin Luther nails his 95 theses demanding reform of the Catholic Church to the door of the cathedral church in Wittenburg, setting off the period of upheaval, war, and violence we now know as the Reformation. During the reigns of the Habsburg Charles V and his enemy the French king Francis I, the Papacy desperately struggles to secure its position and undermine its political opponents.

Meanwhile, as declared foes of the Roman Church, the radical Protestant Anabaptists are in rebellion against an entire order of European society and are persecuted and brutalized by those outside their sphere.

In this age devastated by the wars of religion, a young theology student adopts the cause of the heretics and the disinherited. Across the chessboard of Europe, from the German plains to the flourishing Dutch cities and south to Venice, our hero, an Anabaptist who travels under many names, and his enemy, Q, a papal informer and heretic hunter, play a game in which no moves are forbidden. What begins as a struggle to reveal each other's identity eventually becomes part of a much greater mission: to destroy and achieve domination over each other.

Part thriller, part novel of ideas, Q is as richly imagined as Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose or Iain Pears' An Instance of the Fingerpost and as subversively political as Michel Houellebecq's Atomised.

"Synopsis" by ,
"Imagine Umberto Eco's knack for the swashbuckling thriller of ideas crossed with an artful touch of Le Carre, and you have a fair idea of the novel's mood. . . . As a historical blockbuster, it boasts pace, colour, excitement and suspense to spare. . . . Q works like a charm." — The Independent (London)

"This is a big book and a big canvas. . . . The panorama is big and bloody and breathtaking; a crush of colour and crowds, exotic locations and war. The sheer weight of its authors' historical research provides a convincing backdrop for the fictional heroes." — The Times (London)

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