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By Wu Ming, Luther Blissett

ISBN-10: 0434012947

ISBN-13: 9780434012947

1954, the peak of the chilly struggle. In Hollywood memebers of Her Majesty's mystery provider have a perilous venture for the stylish Cary furnish. And in Bologna, Pierre Capponi, a lovelorn younger barman, is set to embark on a painful odyssey looking for his lacking father.

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It’s camel, bought in Milan. ’ Sticleina brought a cigarette to his lips and held out the pack to Gigi. He thoughtfully took a drag and blew the smoke out fast, with some difficulty. ’ ‘My dad wants me to get married. ’ ‘She says I should finish my training as a nurse. ’ Gigi took advantage of the mirror behind the bar, the one inscribed with the word ‘Martini’, to check that his brilliantined hair was nice 100itext 9/3/05 7:17 am 54 PART ONE Page 39 39 and smooth along the temples, slick and gleaming all the way to the little curls at the back of his neck.

A young boy, certainly not a soldier, was cycling along slowly beneath the streetlamps, looking furtively around. This was not a normal bike: above its front wheel, on the carrier, there was a big, wide, wooden platform. The light grew fainter and then went out. Through the spyglass in the door, McGuffin could just make out a pair of arms and a handlebar. He picked up a strange electricity in the air. He felt something stirring inside, even though he was not plugged in. The boy. The bike. The platform.

Melega sighs, with the face he makes when he wants to say, ‘another ignorant southerner’: ‘Right, listen carefully, I’m only going to say this once. Not everyone who claims to be a communist is a real communist. Otherwise we’d already have taken over the world! Tito, for example, goes along with the Americans, he acts the whore, he’ll go with anyone. He wants to make socialism, but he wants to do it according to his rules, the way it suits him, he won’t listen to anyone, least of all the Russians, who had their revolution before he did.

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