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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