Manituana Hardcover – Oct 5 2009
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“Wu Ming manage to construct stories articulated around the muscular fibres of history ... Manituana is not only a narrative about what could have been, but a cartography of the possible.”—Roberto Saviano
About the Author
Wu Ming is a collective of five Italian fiction writers, founded in Bologna in January 2000. They co-authored a number of books including 54 and the bestselling novel Q, under the previous pseudonym “Luther Blissett.”
Shaun Whiteside has translated from German works by Freud, Schnitzler, Musil and Nietzsche, and, most recently, The Weekend by Bernhard Schlink (2011). His translation of Magdalena the Sinner by Lilian Faschinger won the 1996 Schlegel-Tieck Award. He lives in London.
Top Customer Reviews
Historically, it's a good read for anyone in the Americas. It's fiction, of course, but if you read this and do some research afterward you can gain a good sense of what was fact and know more than most about an extremely important part of the recent history of this land.
As for any allegory, read it yourself and decide.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
History slowly unfolds taking Joseph eventually to England for a meeting with the King. Part Two is an interesting, sometimes humorous, depiction of the Indians stay in England complete with British thugs posing as the "seventh nation of the Indian tribe". The last part of the novel dissolves into raw violence between the Indians fighting the Rebels. Peopled with characters as Ethan Allen, King George, and Sir William Johnson, the novel provides a wide panorama of the US fight for independence.
Although somewhat difficult to follow at the beginning of the book (both the Indian name and the Anglo name is often used interchangeably), the story soon becomes gripping. The really short chapters seemed to fit the story perfectly. "Manituana" is an excellent example of how complicated history really is.
I knew nothing about the "authors" of this title and find it totally fascinating that a "collective of Italian fiction writers" could paint such a vivid picture of America's history from an angle that few have considered before. If you enjoy historical fiction, check this one out.