Our novel Q clashes with the Italian police


Students and teachers on the war path. Riots and demonstrations all over the country. High schools and universities occupied by the students. Violent clashes with the police in front of the Senate. Berlusconi’s education reform is encountering blatant opposition, and the fact that the government is in crisis makes the movement raise its multifarious head even more. This afternoon, in Rome, students confronted the cops while carrying shields with book titles on them. The meaning was: it is culture itself that’s resisting the cuts; books themselves are fighting the police. It was in this incendiary midst that our novel Q showed up, and in good company to boot: Moby Dick, Don Quixote, Plato’s The Republic, A Thousand Plateaux… These pictures appeared on the websites of the most important daily papers. It goes without saying that, whatever will happen, we’re proud of what our novel is doing in the streets. Omnia sunt communia!

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  1. Wu Ming says:

    Here’s yet another picture of the “Book Bloc”:

    http://www.wumingfoundation.com/images/book_bloc.png

  2. [...] http://www.wumingfoundation.com/english/wumingblog/?p=1515 or Boredom is Counter-revolutionary, since they sum it up nicer than I could [...]

  3. [...] i un imponent moviment estudiantil i del món investigador recorre tota la península. A Roma, els estudiants s’enforntaven als policies amb escuts amb títols de llibres: és el “Boo… (Q dels Luther Blisset inclòs). La lluita, a tot arreu, és la mateixa. La scuola è di tutti: [...]

  4. [...] with shields representing real books! What a great idea. As the novelists’ collective the Wu Ming Foundation puts it: Students and teachers on the war path. Riots and demonstrations all over the country. High [...]

  5. [...] with shields representing real books! What a great idea. As the novelists’ collective the Wu Ming Foundation puts it: Students and teachers on the war path. Riots and demonstrations all over the country. High [...]

  6. [...] in a feed reader Recent commentsBaroque in Hackney on Our novel Q clashes with the Italian policeUniversitat universidad università university | Q on Our novel Q clashes with the Italian [...]

  7. [...] could be interesting to look closely at the classics the students chose to put on their shields. Let’s look at the frontline. [...]

  8. [...] could be interesting to look closely at the classics the students chose to put on their shields. Let’s look at the frontline. [...]

  9. [...] been? Cos they’ve been pretty amazing. The uniriot site looks worth keeping an eye on. I love the “book bloc” tactic: Back in the UK, it looks like political divisions are starting to emerge in the occupation [...]

  10. Nate says:

    Shouldn’t the title be “Our novel Q clashes with the Italian police again”? :)

  11. [...] by, and in solidarity with the Italians and their demo against Berlusconi’s education reforms an assemblage of life-size books are being [...]

  12. [...] could be interesting to look closely at the classics the students chose to put on their shields. Let’s look at the [...]

  13. [...] could go and help to make some book shields: Inspired by, and in solidarity with the Italians and their demo against Berlusconi’s education reforms an assemblage of life-size books are being constructed [...]

  14. [...] up with events over there. For instance, news and photos of the book protests in Rome can be found at this Italian blog by Italian [...]

  15. Wu Ming says:

    Here’s the British Book Bloc marching in London on #dayx3:
    http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2010/12/470188.html

  16. [...] que el book bloc segueix apareixent a les manifestacions en defensa de la universitat. Era a Italia fa unes [...]

  17. [...] whole thing seemed to start in Rome (read about it here) and quickly spread to UK [...]

  18. [...] contra clásicos de la literatura y del pensamiento.Book Block en Roma, 24 de noviembre. Fuente: Wu Ming Foundation. Para que luego digan que los jóvenes sólo navegan en internet. Para el Book Block de ayer día 14 [...]

  19. [...] another article, Wu Ming write, ‘This afternoon, in Rome, students confronted the cops while carrying shields [...]

  20. Wu Ming says:

    A Book Bloc’s genealogy
    http://bit.ly/ijsrYi

  21. [...] estudiantes italianos salen a la calle, no con un beso por fusil -que cantaba aquel- sino con un libro con [...]

  22. [...] another article, Wu Ming write, “This afternoon, in Rome, students confronted the cops while carrying shields [...]

  23. [...] Οι Wu Ming (τέως Q ή “Εκκλησιαστής” των Luther Blisset) ασχολήθηκαν στο μπλογκ τους με το ζήτημα: Our novel Q clashes with the Italian police [...]

  24. [...] eyes the education and other social services as the next target for its unbridled lust for profits. Wu Ming’s Blog reports: Students and teachers on the war path. Riots and demonstrations all over the country. High [...]

  25. [...] more. “Book Bloc” is our coinage. To the best of our knowledge, we were the first ones to come up with the pun, on 24 November, a few hours after students clashed with the police in Rome carrying padded shields [...]

  26. [...] What chance do police have against the novel Q? (WuMing’s Blog) [...]

  27. [...] Bookblocks, i aixo qué es? donç aixó… [...]

  28. [...] att studenter, bärandes vadderade sköldar målade som böcker, drabbat samman med polisen i Rom, rapporterar Wu Ming: Vår roman Q har drabbat samman med den italienska polisen. Studenter och lärare är på [...]

  29. [...] Kampf verloren.» – so formulieren die Autoren der Gruppe Wu Ming, deren Namen Demonstrierende in Rom auf ihren Schutzschilden den Knüppeln der Polizei entgegen hielten. Mit der Nennung großer Autoren und Erzählungen der [...]

  30. [...] Wu Ming 6 December 2010By Wu MingIt could be inter­est­ing to look closely at the clas­sics the stu­dents chose to put on their shields. Let’s look at the [...]


We are the Wu Ming Foundation, a collective of writers based in Italy. We are the authors of several novels and non-fiction books written with literary techniques (which we prefer to describe as UNOs, Unidentified Narrative Objects). As of February 2014, four of our novels are available in English: Q, 54, Manituana and Altai. This is our blog in English. Ugly and rarely updated, in bad need of a restructuring, but it's better than nothing. Our livelier, regularly updated blog is in Italian and it's called Giap.