The book of the week: Q by Luther Blissett, aka Wu Ming

Q is a novel by Luther Blissett first published in 1999. The novel is set in Europe during the 16th century, and deals with Protestant reformation movements.

The book follows the journey of an Anabaptist radical across Europe in the first half of the 16th century as he joins in various movements and uprisings that come as a result of the Protestant reformation. The book spans 30 years as he is pursued by 'Q' (short for "Qoèlet"), a spy for the Roman Catholic Church cardinal Giovanni Pietro Carafa. The main character, who changes many names during the story, first fights in the German Peasants' War beside Thomas Müntzer, then is in Münster's siege, during the Münster Rebellion, and some years later, in Venice.

"Luther Blissett" was a nom de plume for four Italian authors, Roberto Bui, Giovanni Cattabriga, Federico Guglielmi and Luca Di Meo, who were part of the "Luther Blissett Project", which ended in 1999. They now write under the name Wu Ming.

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