Label: Il Manifesto - CD 123 • Format: CD • Country: Italy • Genre: Folk, World, & Country •
Wu Ming extended name: Wu Ming Foundation is a pseudonym for a group of Italian authors formed in from a subset of the Luther Blissett community in Bologna. Four of the group earlier wrote the novel Q first edition Unlike the open name "Luther Blissett", "Wu Ming" stands for a defined group of writers active in literature and popular culture. The band authored several novels, some of which have been translated in many countries.
Their books are seen as part of a body of literary works the "nebula", as it is frequently called in Italy described as the New Italian Epica phrase that was proposed by Wu Ming.
Real names are not secret though:. The five authors do extensive book tours which they describe as "almost gratefuldeadesque"  and frequently appear in public. However, they refuse to be photographed or filmed by the media. Even on their official website, they do not provide any pictures of themselves. Here is how Wu Ming 1 explained the group's stance in a interview:. Once the writer becomes a face A photo is witness to my absence; it's a banner of distance and solitude.
A photo paralyses me, it freezes my life into an instant, it negates my ability to transform into something else. I become a "character", a stopgap to hurriedly fill a page layout, an instrument that amplifies banality. On the other hand my voice — with its grain, with its accents, with its imprecise diction, its tonalities, rhythms, pauses and vacillations — is witness to a presence even when I'm not there; it brings me close to people and doesn't negate my transformative capacity because its presence is dynamic, alive and trembling even when seemingly still.
In Wu Ming's official biographical page Italian versionthe collective denies rumors they once beat up a press photographer:. The dates and places vary, but the core of all versions stays the same.
Well, it never ever happened, but it's true that, like Auda abu Tayi in Lawrence of Arabia or King Kong in the famous gala opening scene, we're no camera-mongers. We don't go on TV either. We are shy. Background research began inafter the publication of the group's previous novel Q. Plots were outlined in the aftermath of the Kosovo war.
Actual writing work ended ten days after 11 Septemberon the eve of the war in Afghanistan. These two wars are explicitly referred to in the novel's End Titles : "Begun in Mayduring the Nato bombings of Belgrade. Delivered to the Italian publishers on September 21,awaiting the escalation". The events leading to and following 11 September are also allegorically described in the book's forenote. In the following months, Wu Ming collaborated with Italian folk-rock band Yo Yo Mundiwhose ensuing concept album 54 was directly inspired from the novel.
Wu Ming is also credited as co-writers for the screenplay of the Italian film Lavorare con lentezza aka Radio Alicedirected by Guido Chiesareleased in Italy in The film is set during a student uprising that paralysed Bologna for several days in March Several narrative threads are woven around Radio Alicethe station run by the "creative wing" the so-called "Mao-Dadaists" of the radical Autonomia movement.
In the morning of 11 March a brawl involving radical and catholic students escalated to a full-scale riot Wu Ming - Yo Yo Mundi - 54 the university district.
The Carabinieri riot squad attacked and shot down a year-old student called Francesco Lorusso. As a result, thousands of students and activists stormed the centre of the town, clashing with the police and throwing molotov cocktails.
On 13 March the premises of Radio Alice were invaded and vandalised by the police, the station was shut down and every member of the staff was arrested. The film tells the story mixing real anecdotes with semi-fictional characters. Manituana Wu Ming - Yo Yo Mundi - 54 the third Wu Ming - Yo Yo Mundi - 54 Wu Ming's collectively authored novels. My Keyboard Drama - To Make Love Great Again was written in the —07 period and published in Italy in It is the first episode of an 18th-century pan-Atlantic trilogy which the authors call "the Atlantic Triptych".
In the springtime ofManituana reached No. Manituana was written between andand it soaked up all the tensions of that period: S11, the Neoconservative hegemony on US foreign policy, the lies on Saddam allegedly keeping weapons of mass destruction hidden in the desert, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, George W.
Bush winning his second term thanks to the Christian right inSilvio Burlesquoni conquering the hearts and minds of the majority of Italians etc. Among the many real historical chapters that populate the book, the most important ones are Joseph Brantwar chief of the Mohawk nation, and Molly Branta matron Wu Ming - Yo Yo Mundi - 54 the Wolf clan in the Iroquois Six Nations.
In May Wu Ming announced that they had almost finished writing a new book, entitled Altaiset "in [their debut novel] Q's world and historical continuum". We felt the urge to go back to the "crime scene" our debut after the collective lost a member, in the springtime of After months of crisis and conflict, we needed a new beginning.
We needed a peculiar self-managed group therapy The novel, entitled Altaiwas published in Italy on 20 November and immediately reached No.
Starting fromeach individual member of Wu Ming also authored one or Wu Ming - Yo Yo Mundi - 54 "solo" novels.
Some of them have been translated into other languages, but Wu Ming - Yo Yo Mundi - 54 yet in English. Wu Ming 1 is the author of New Thingan " unidentified narrative object " blending fiction, journalism and free verse.
It is an allegorical tale on free jazz and the s, set in New York City and constructed around John Coltrane 's final days.
Son Of God - Hobbs Angel Of Death - Heaven Bled French newspaper Le Monde described the book as "a choral novel, an inquiry, and a political jam-session loaded with syncopated poetry". Wu Ming 2 is the author of Guerra agli umani [War on the Humans]a satire of primitivism and survivalism set on the Apennines in an undefined year. The main character and narrator is called Marco, but he nicknames himself "Marco Walden", after Thoreau's Walden.
At the beginning of the book, Marco quits his job as a restroom cleaner at a big cemetery, because he wants to leave the city presumably Bologna, although it remains unnamedgo to the mountains and become a "hunter-gatherer superhero". Wu Ming 4 is the author of Stella del mattino [Star of the Morning] The novel is set in Oxford and centered around T. Lawrence suffering writer's block while working on The Seven Pillars Wu Ming - Yo Yo Mundi - 54 Wisdom.
Among the characters Lawrence encounters in the book, important Sostenuto - Martin Boykan / Elaine Barkin - String Quartets (Quartet No.
1 / String Quartet) are played by writers J. TolkienC. Lewis and, most notably, Robert Graves. Wu Ming themselves described Stella del mattino as "the best solo novel ever manufactured in our smithy" and "a bridge between our collective and solo novels". Havana Glam is set in an alternate s world where David Bowie is a communist sympathizer and has a "Cuban period" instead of a " Berlin period ".
This causes some turmoil in Havana, as the Cuban intelligence suspect the rockstar to be an infiltrator. Free Karma Food describes a future society where all kinds of cattle have been killed by a global pandemic known as "The Great Murrain". Some Italian critics described Wu Ming 5's novels as belonging to the literary subgenre known as " New Weird Zeffon - Source Of The Flow. Such inclusion, however, has been questioned in weblogs and social network discussion groups devoted to science-fiction.
Wu Ming 1 is the Italian translator of several Elmore Leonard novels. In he became the Italian translator of Stephen King 's books. The plot follows the story of Giorgio Marincola, a partisan from World Mexicali Lane - Pussycat - First Of All II, a dark-skinned Italian who is the son of a Somalian mother and an Italian father, born in near Mogadishu.
Wu Ming 5 was guitar player in it:NabatWu Ming - Yo Yo Mundi - 54 of the first Oi! The band broke up in but got together again in the early s, only to break up again in Nabat reunited in for a comeback tour, with Wu Ming 5 still on guitar, "splitting services between two bands [Wu Ming and Nabat]", as he quipped during a radio interview.
The group has published several novels and non-fiction books in print and online, released under a Creative Commons license, and they are available for download on the group's website. Only Q54Manituana and Altai have been translated into English, whereas most books are available in several European languages.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Wu Ming. Main article: 54 novel. Main article: Manituana. Text and audio. Probably a jocular reference to Californian rock band Grateful Dead 's extensive touring and their close relationship with fans. University of Connecticut. Doctoral dissertations Retrieved 16 October Retrieved 17 May Categories : Collective pseudonyms Copyright activists Italian artist groups and collectives 21st-century Italian novelists Pranksters Literary collaborations Creative Commons-licensed authors.
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