Altai’s first week: straight to the 5th place

The Italian bestseller list as appearing today in La Stampa daily paper,
book sales 16-22 November 2009.

Aren’t we your heroes?


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  1. Yes you are heroes to me. Which means I will have to metaphorically kill you at some point. The way I had to kill James Joyce. The way I had to dispose of Italo Calvino. The way I had to remove Trocchi. The way I still have to murder Beckett and Machen…

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  2. admin says:

    Whatever you decide to do, at least we’ll be in good company.

  3. Alex Kaplan says:

    Will Altai be translated into English or should I learn to read Italian? As if Vico, Dante, Calvino, Calasso, Umberto Eco would not be motivation enough.

  4. admin says:

    It will be translated into English and published by Verso, most likely in 2011. But yes, definitely, you should also learn to read Italian! :-)

  5. umberto vianello says:

    Dear Sirs,
    please could you tell us when Altai will be translated in English and will be available?

  6. Wu Ming says:

    It is under translation, that’s for sure because we’re in touch with Shaun Whiteside who’s doing the work. As yet, we don’t know when Verso will publish it.

  7. Il Rotativa says:

    Dear Wus,
    I can’t read italian neither. And if I could read it in english, l would prefer to wait the french traduction, if it’s scheduled. Do you know if Metailié will publish it ? (or another publisher)
    La Rotative

  8. Wu Ming says:

    Unfortunately Altai will not be published in France any time soon. France is the only European country where Q wasn’t successful, it was published and then quickly forgotten. Altai is related to Q, and this is a problem for French publishers.

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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 May 2015, four of our novels are available in English: Q, 54, Manituana and Altai. This used to be our supremely neglected blog in English. Ugly and no longer updated after May 2013. Our livelier, regularly updated blog is in Italian and it's called Giap. For stuff in other languages, check out our blog on Tumblr.

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