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A Novel

Wu Ming, Shaun Whiteside (Translated by)


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When a fire rips through the Venetian Arsenal in 1569, the enigmatic Emanuele De Zante, spy-catcher and secret agent, is betrayed by his lover, imprisoned, and accused of treason. Given the chance to escape, he embarks on a trans-European odyssey that will test his loyalty and force him to question even his own identity.

Through a series of deadly political games leading all the way to the Sultan’s palace in Constantinople, De Zante and his companions spiral headfirst toward a conflict in which the great empires of the Republic of Venice and the Ottomans threaten the very foundations of civilization.

Praise For Altai: A Novel

“Unputdownable” Ian Samson, Guardian

“A great historical thriller and the prose has all the surface glitter of the Grand Canal or the Golden Horn … this is perfect.” Edward Stourton, Financial Times

“A triumph of swashbuckling storytelling, a historical romp.” Sunday Telegraph

“Their books sizzle with a kind of lefty jazz: they’re linguistically and culturally hip, historically astute, with a heart worn challengingly on the sleeve.” Todd McEwan, Guardian

“Fans of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, grab it now.” Independent

Verso, 9781781681671, 320pp.

Publication Date: February 4, 2014

About the Author

Wu Ming is a collective of four Italian fiction writers based in Bologna, Italy. Wu Ming’s books include the bestselling novel Q (under the former pseudonym Luther Blissett), which was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award, 54, and Manituana. Their website is www.wumingfoundation. com.