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Q UK frontcover
Luther Blissett
Q
romanzo / novela / novel
1a ed. it. 03/1999
16th Century. Two main characters. One wants to overthrow the social order. The other is a spy in the service of the forces who want to maintain it. Q is the spy, in the pay of Father Carafa, an ultra conservative figure, rapidly rising up the hierarchy of the Catholic church. An epic from the bowels of history, set in central Europe and Northern Italy. Someone described the book as "a theological western".
Q has been translated into Danish, Dutch, English (British and American), French, German, Greek, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian) and Spanish. The frontcover above is that of the British paperback edition.
Italiano
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TXT + ZIP
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English
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TXT + ZIP
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PDF + ZIP
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HTML + ZIP
475 kb
Español
PDF + ZIP
1.2 mb
Brazilian
RTF + ZIP
424 kb
TXT + ZIP
406 kb
PDF + ZIP
2.0 mb

Polish
PDF + ZIP
2.3 mb

copertina Asce di guerra
V. Ravagli & Wu Ming
Asce di guerra 
oggetto narrativo
1a ed. it. 10/2000
Nuova ed. 05/2005

Hatchets of War. One third autobiography, one third non-fiction novel, one third essay. The story of Vitaliano Ravagli, a young leftist who gets sick of mid-1950's Italy and goes to Indochina to join the Lao guerrillas fighting Colonialism. In today's Bologna, a young lawyer tries to find the mysterious "Italian vietcong" whose legend is told among old Partisans.

Italiano
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SXW + ZIP
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PDF + ZIP
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54 Dutch cover
Wu Ming
54
romanzo / novela
1a ed. it. 03/2002
1954. Hollywood actors, cold warriors, mobsters, drug dealers and homing pigeons. What will Yugoslavian president Tito do, now that Joe Stalin is dead? What is the hidden link between Lucky Luciano in his Italian exile, Cary Grant in schizophrenic combat with himself and a stolen TV set which turns out to be self-conscious and sensitive to boot? So far, the most ambitious Wu Ming collective novel.
54 has been translated into English, Dutch, Spanish, and Portuguese (Brazilian). The frontcover above is that of the Dutch edition (Vassallucci)
Italiano
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Brazilian
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Dutch
PDF + ZIP 796 kb
English
PDF + ZIP 1370 kb
Spanish
PDF + ZIP 1698 kb
 
Copertina Manituana
Wu Ming
Manituana
romanzo / novela / novel
1a ed. it. 03/2007
1775. In Massachusetts, the conflict between the British Empire and the American colonies becomes all out war.
In the colony of New York, the Six Nations - or “League of Peace and Power” – must decide if they are going to participate in the war, and alongside whom.
In the Mohawk River Valley a mestizo world exists. It is a great community of Indians, Irish and Scottish, founded by Sir William Johnson, Superintendent of Indian Affairs appointed by King George. The thunder of war is heard in Boston and continues getting closer, old bonds are broken, the land that Sir William called "Iroquoireland" becomes a scene of hate and resentment.
The war chief Joseph Brant Thayendanegea has to make a decision and set off, taking his people far from their native land, going beyond the world he has always known.

Manituana has been translated into Spanish, English and French.
Italiano
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DOC + ZIP
474 kb
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icona iPodTesto italiano per iPod

Español

PDF, 1.3 mb
English

PDF, 13.7 mb


Errol Flynn
Wu Ming
In Like Flynn
A short story from the
The Dark Side anthology
(Einaudi, 2006 - English version first
published on Chicago Review #52:2/3/4)
1933. A whorehouse in Hong Kong. A young Errol Flynn and his "kraut" pal Hermann Erben tell their latest vicissitudes to a mysterious Italian. Everything started with a rooster fight...
English
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Italiano

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copertina guerra agli umani
Wu Ming 2
Guerra agli umani
romanzo
1a ed. 04/2004
War on the Humans. Marco has gotten sick of civilization. He goes to the Appennini hills and settles in a cave, only he's picked the wrong place to fulfill his troglodyitic fantasies. Pretty soon he gets involved in a complex story about organized crime, clandestine dog-fighting and a sensational clash between ecowarriors and poachers.
Italiano
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216 kb
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Français
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786 kb
copertina Havana Glam
Wu Ming 5
Havana Glam
romanzo
1a ed. 09/2001
2045. The President of the USA authorizes time travel to change the history of the 20th Century and avoid America's decline as a superpower. Something goes slightly wrong. Cuba, 1972. Two agents of the Cuban intelligence investigate presumed connections between the CIA and the Marcianos, glam-rockers influenced by David Bowie. In this time continuum, Bowie has no "Berlin period": he has a "Caribbean period" and makes pro-Castro statements that make mischief among the leaders of the Communist Party.
Italiano
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copertina New Thing
Wu Ming 1
New Thing
oggetto narrativo
1a ed. 10/2004
Butoba MT5 tape recorder. Made in West Germany in 1961. Voices come out and increase the confusion. The hoarfrost of memories is turning into steam, and the cloud is all around you. Names and places surround you, the people and the songs, the wounded and the dead. You're going back to Brooklyn. It was the spring of '67, Stokely Carmichael would yell "Black Power!" and the Son of Whiteman would kill jazz players. Have a nice trip.
Italiano
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Français
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Español
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231 kb
DOC + ZIP
257 kb
 
copertina Giap
Wu Ming
Giap!
Storie per attraversare il deserto

(a cura di Tommaso De Lorenzis)
1a ed. 03/2003
Giap! Stories that carry you through the desert. A collection of writings, rants, correspondence with readers and short stories taken from the 2000-2003 issues of our newsletter Giap, and selected by Tommaso De Lorenzis. All that gives life to the open community around us.

Italiano
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copertina Baku
Riccardo Pedrini

(a.k.a. Wu Ming 5)
Libera Baku Ora
romanzo 1a ed. it. 03/2000
Free Baku Now. 2025. Italy is under a strange regime, a mixture of Hinayana Buddhism and Autonomist Marxism of the Toni Negri brand. Bologna is the capital of the country. A wild satire of Italian politics and the presumed role of Italy in the great hoax known as "the clash of civilizations".

Italiano
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Wu Ming
The Emperor's Three Hundred Woodcutters
A Short Story Written for the Greenpeace Book Campaign
Springtime 2004

"Now not much wood remains to satisfy the needs of our Lord. We've already done double, triple, and maybe even quadruple a year's work, but we return to the North, to the land of forests, to see if any wood remains. And on the way we pass a place called Dodona, at the foot of Mount Tomarus, and we make a provision of oak, even though the voice asks us to pass by and to preserve those trees. For in distant times the sound that winds and storms produced in its leaves helped a great people foresee their future, their joys and catastrophies."
Italiano
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English
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152 kb
 

Cordelius de' Gaudentiis
Wu Ming
Benvenuti a 'sti frocioni
racconto
estate 2000
Welcome, you faggots. A short story inspired by our exhilarating meeting with a movie producer who wanted to option the rights of Q. The title is that of an imaginary trashy movie mentioned in the story.
Italiano
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100 kb
Mario Maratea Editore
Wu Ming
Tomahawk
Il seguito di "Benvenuti
a 'sti frocioni"!
01/2001
A short story inspired by our quarrel with the first publisher of Hatchets of War. The sequel of Welcome, you faggots.
Italiano
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20 kb
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carcajada muy negra
Wu Ming 1
Carcajada profunda y negra
racconto / cuento / short story
03/2002
A Deep Dark Guffaw is a short story inspired by Wu Ming 1's presence among the by-standers on a murder scene. On 19 March 2002 professor Marco Biagi was shot down in Bologna by a commando of the Red Brigades. WM1 listened to conversations on this side of the "Police Line Do Not Cross" tape, then went home and wrote the story, which caused a sensation in some milieux.
Italiano
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Español
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Nederlands
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Mickey Mouse is a nazi
Wu Ming
Pantegane e sangue
romanzo breve
primavera 2000
Rats and Blood. In a Disney universe gone insanely adrift, Mickey Mouse is a former corrupted cop and a lonesome fascist psychopath. Goofy is a junkie shooting up skag all the time. The city is verging on a civil war between anthropomorphic (humanlike) and zoomorphic (beastlike) animals. Mickey investigates the activities of the Real Panther Party and those of a mysterious pan-Africanist gangster, a Hippopotamus called Ntumbi. Finally, in a sequence inspired by David Cronenberg's Videodrome, our hero finds out that the world he lives in is not the real world.
Italiano
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Lurch, the butler of the BSE
Wu Ming 1
& Wu Ming 4
Bologna Social Enclave
racconto / cuento
06/2001
Summer 2001. A few weeks before the anti-G8 demonstrations in Genoa, the Bologna Social Forum is organizing the protests leading up to the main event. WM1 and WM4 attend a city meeting and are flabbergasted by the nonsense they hear. The names were changed and the conversation was slightly altered for the sake of parody, but the fictional meeting is not much different than the actual one.

Italiano
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Ariel Sharon's dressing-up option
Wu Ming 4
Welcome To Israel
04/2002
In the springtime of 2002, during a big offensive of the Isreali Army in the Territories, the Italian pacifists of the "Action for Peace in Palestine" convoy get caught in the mayhem and there seems to be no way out. WM4 is among the artists, activists and members of the Parliament that fly down to Israel in order to smoothe things out. They land at the Tel Aviv airport, where they are kicked and clubbed by the cops, put on another plane and expelled from the country right away. This is the story of that trip.
Italiano
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Español
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Deutsche
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death
n+1
Ti chiamerò Russell
romanzo breve
10/01 - 04/02
1a ed. Bacchilega, Imola 2002
I Will Call You Russell. This short novel is the result of an experiment in on-line collective writing. WM2 wrote the first and last chapter, the other ones were written by assorted websurfers and selected by a jury in a literary kangaroo court. "Russell" is a secret agent . He travels the world looking for strange medical cases and unprecedented deaths. When he finds them, he links them arbitrarily and makes up new, imaginary epidemics which can be used for the purpose of social control. His best invention was a sexually transmitted disease with a short acronym as a name, back in the early Eighties. Now he's looking for something else and...
Italiano
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Donald Duck is a good comrade
galleria immagini Canard
Wu Ming
Canard à l'orange mécanique 
romanzo breve
estate 2000
Clockwork Orange Duck. A kind of sequel to Rats and Blood, but you can also read this first. Due to the names "Carl Barks" and "Karl Marx" being almost identical, Duckburg's social system short-circuits. Donald Duck gets class conscious and aware of the exploitation he suffers at the hands of both Uncle Scrooge (within the boundaries of the cartoon) and the Disney corporate bosses. The only way to cope with the situation is by launching the armed struggle for the liberation of Duckburg and the whole cartoon world. A gruesome tale of revenge and ultraviolence.
Italiano
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De Tommasis
Wu Ming 1
Dean Martin Had A Hard On
Racconto tratto dal catalogo
della mostra "Orizzonte"
di Flavio De Marco,
Studio Ercolani, Bologna
Aprile 2003
(short story)
Featured in the catalog of an exhibition of paintings by our friend Flavio De Marco. It kinda answers to the question: 'What's Wu Ming got to do with art?'
Italiano
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porcilaia
Wu Ming 2 feat. Giapsters
La ballata del Corazza 1.3.0
(racconto open source)
The Ballad of Mr. Corazza. Another experiment in on-line fiction writing. This is an open source story, WM2 wrote the first release and many other people improved it. It is about the environmental impact of a large industrial pigsty, the work conditions inside and the protests organized by the people who live nearby.
Italiano
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Per saperne di più su questo racconto clicca qui
Onofrio Catacchio e Wu Ming 2
La ballata del Corazza
(racconto a fumetti)
Italiano
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720 kb
Regla de Palo Monte
Wu Ming 1
Città di metallo e luci
Omaggio a Valerio Evangelisti
(racconto, autunno 2003)
City of Metal and Lights. A tribute to Valerio Evangelisti's Screaming Metal pulp series. Pantera, an Afro-Cuban sorcerer of the Mayombe cult, must liberate a big city crowded with metallic demons and haunted by the spirits of light pollution.
Italiano
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English
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