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54

by Wu Ming

54
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    Jul 2006, 560 pages

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Part political commentary, part complex escapism - available in hardcover or as a free download!

From the book jacket: In Hollywood, Cary Grant has grown weary of cinema's constant glamour, but Her Majesty's Secret Service will break his malaise with a bizarre diplomatic mission. In Naples, Lucky Luciano fixes horse races and launches the global heroin trade. And in Bologna, a bartender searches for true love and his missing communist father.  Set during the height of the Cold War - with the world divided into East and West - 54 features Italian partisans, KGB agents, Parisian lowlifes, and cameos by David Niven, Marshal Tito, and Grace Kelly. Wu Ming brings us a cinematic romp that is by turns edgy social satire and modern comic send up.

Comment: When I read a pre-publication review for 54 comparing it to the Don Camillo* short stories I had to have it (the full quote was "Don Camillo meets The Name of the Rose meets Dr. No: a rewarding beach ...

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