Wu Ming means "no name"-and therefore "anonymous"-in Mandarin Chinese. Four of the five members of the Wu Ming Foundation wrote the novel Q under the pseudonym Luther Blissett. They live in Bologna.
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In January 2000, a fifth person joined the four authors of Q and a new band of authors was born, Wu Ming (chinese for "anonymous"). Since then, we have authored further novels and essays. So far, our major collective effort has been 54, a novel set in 1954, with dozens of lead characters (including actor Cary Grant), also translated in English and several European languages. The book was an inspirational source for the Italian folk-rock band Yo Yo Mundi whose concept album (also titled 54) was released at the beginning of 2004.
Because of our position on copyright, our experiments in collective writing, the hundreds of meetings with the readers we held in Italy and abroad and - last but not least - our involvement in social causes Wu Ming is now getting even more famous than the LBP ever was. The band's name is meant both as a tribute to dissidents and a refusal of the role of the "Author" as a star.
Books written by the Wu Ming Foundation include Manituana, New Italian Epic, and Altai.
This biography was last updated on 06/13/2011.
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