The faceless (or many-faced) author collective of Altai surface for interviews in the Independent, Vice and 3:AM.
Edward Stourton, writing for the Financial Times, recommends readers take Wu Ming's latest novel Altai on vacation to Venice, Stephen Abell for The Telegraph is delighted by this "swashbuckling romp dreamed up by four Italian anarchists," while Stewart Home visits Bologna to discuss politics and history with the elusive writing collective for Art Review.
This week has seen student demonstrations and occupations across Italy as well as more in the UK. Amongst the students protesting Berlusconi's proposed education reforms, some of the most colourful took the form of the 'Book Bloc,' a group using painted shields representing works of literature against police in Rome.
Q, the first novel (written under the nom de plume Luther Blissett) by Wu Ming, the authors of Manituana, was, much to their satisfaction, on the frontline:
This afternoon, in Rome, students confronted the cops while carrying shields with book titles on them. The meaning was: it is culture itself that's resisting the cuts; books themselves are fighting the police. It was in this incendiary midst that our novel Q showed up, and in good company to boot: Moby Dick, Don Quixote, Plato's The Republic, A Thousand Plateaux ... It goes without saying that, whatever will happen, we're proud of what our novel is doing in the streets. Omnia sunt communia!