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Wu Ming

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To purchase Manituana

Title: Manituana
Author: Wu Ming
Genre: Novel
Written: 2007 (Eng. 2009)
Length: 392 pages
Original in: Italian
Availability: Manituana - US
Manituana - UK
Manituana - Canada
Manituana - France
  • Italian title: Manituana
  • Translated by Shaun Whiteside

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Why we haven't reviewed it yet:

Haven't quite worked our way up to it; seems like a lot to tackle

Chances that we will review it:

Decent -- eventually

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Review Summaries
Source Rating Date Reviewer
The Guardian A 7/11/2009 Todd McEwen
The Independent . 6/11/2009 Boyd Tonkin
TLS . 13/11/2009 Madeline Clements

  From the Reviews:
  • "Manituana unspools mesmerisingly like an old Hollywood movie, ducking the common mishaps of the historical novel -- there is not a single longueur. (...) Wu have now out-Dickensed Dickens, and when you read this novel, you will become aware of a faint buzzing noise. That will be James Fenimore Cooper, spinning in his grave." - Todd McEwen, The Guardian

  • "What saves the Wu Ming crew from romantic sentimentalism is a trademark sophistication about political ideas and their impact on both words and deeds. (...) Wu Ming do sometimes graft the preoccupations of today onto the events of yesterday. (...) Mostly, however, Manituana shuns anachronism as it sets about delivering a fast-flowing, densely peopled, richly decorated story of a precious way of life, and thought, on the brink of the modern abyss." - Boyd Tonkin, The Independent

  • "The novel succeeds in its intention of entertaining the reader with a mass of scenes reconstructed from the shards of history. (...) A novel published in the age of Obama, Manituana provides interesting if piecemeal insights into the uneasy founding of modern, multi-ethnic America." - Madeline Clements, Times Literary Supplement

Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review's biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. We acknowledge (and remind and warn you) that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure.

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Manituana: Reviews: Wu Ming: Other books by Wu Ming under review:
  • [54]
  • Q (writing as Luther Blissett)
Other books of interest under review:

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About the Author:

       'Wu Ming' is the pseudonym of an Italian author-collective; they have also published under the name 'Luther Blissett'.

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