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4.11  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,038 Ratings  ·  305 Reviews
Set in Reformation Europe, Q begins with Luther's nailing of his 95 theses on the door of the cathedral church in Wittenberg. Q traces the adventures and conflicts of two central characters: an Anabaptist, a member of the most radical of the Protestant sects and the anarchists of the Reformation, and a Catholic spy and informer, on their thrilling journey across Germany, I ...more
Paperback, 672 pages
Published May 6th 2004 by Arrow (first published 1999)
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Jul 28, 2014 Jonfaith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I smile. No plan can take everything into account. Other people will raise their heads, others will desert. Time will go on spreading victory and defeat among those who pursue struggle.

There is a scene in Alan Bennett's History Boys where the instructor tells his students, if you want to know about Stalin you should study Henry VIII. I felt similar illustrations throughout this sprawling epic. Recurring tensions and responses proliferate through history. Well over a month was spent with Q, a mon
Jul 22, 2016 Stuart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who would have thought that a 768-page novel about the Reformation would be any good? Especially one written by a trio of anonymous Italian authors sharing a pseudonym. I mean come on, doesn't that sound like complete shite?!

Who knew there was so much blood & guts spilled over the anabaptist heresy? This book certainly doesn't lack for action as the title character, a shady Vatican secret agent, plays cat and mouse with Gert of the Well, his opposite number on the Protestant side. Along with
Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
I noticed this book on a shelf in Waterstones nine years ago. It called to me but the appeal went unheard. I don't know why. The other day I was in Blackwells just idling time whilst waiting for the lunchtime concert to begin at the RNCM... Some books lure you as they spot you from their shelves. They whisper in your head; "I am full of wondrous things... I am full of promise.... you will never forget me". All the great books I've ever read did that to me; a quirky title ("The Name of the Rose", ...more
Antonio Nunez
The cold war between pro-capitalist and pro-communist spooks is trasplanted into the killing fields of Reformation Holy Roman Empire by the collective of writers known as Luther Blisset. The story attempts to follow the careers of a radical protestant and an underground member of the inquisition ("Q") for over 30 years, as they circle and try to dispose of each other. The set-pieces (the battle of Frankenhausen, the revolution in Leyden) are well-told, but most of the characters are not well-def ...more
Q, bejbi, stvarno moram da vratim knjige u biblioteku, vikaće ona teta na mene, a ni članarinu nisam platila za ovu godinu, biće belaja. Čitamo se u drugom životu.

Dopo lotte secolari che durarono non trent’anni (come scherzava un grande drammaturgo rumeno) ma all’incirca tre mesi, cioè dopo averlo preso, lasciato e ripreso parecchie volte, finalmente, l’ho finito! Come impressione generale, questo romanzo è… quasi. Quasi storico (come fedele ricostruzione di un’epoca, voglio dire), quasi epopeico (come grandezza delle immagini, dei personaggi e del soffio narrativo), quasi postmoderno (come struttura, linguaggio, tematica), in poche parole – quasi grande.
Recensione fatta a fette e a fatti.

Sia chiaro che trattasi di recensione sarcastica e umorale. Non conosco i Wu Ming, l'editore e nemmeno l'editor che sono qui totalmente e completamente inventati e frutto della mia fantasia.

L'Editore ai Wuminghi...
Bel nome Wu Ming, ma che come mai vi chiamate correttore Wu Ming?
Beh, veramente noi saremmo il Collettivo Wu Ming. Si, insomma, siamo cinque, non uno, come dire, l'unione fa la forza, l'apporto del singolo alla forza del gruppo, le esperienze di ognun
Victoria Young
This is one of the most challenging books I've read and I vacillated between loving and hating it. So to be fair, I'd really like to give this 3.5 stars but it seemed worthy of rounding up, rather than down.

It became obvious very early on in the piece that this book would be very difficult because of my lack of background knowledge of the Reformation and papal intrigues. There is an enormous cast of characters, often bearing similar names (there's more Jans and Johans than you can poke a stick a
Apr 13, 2011 Valetta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Non voltarti indietro, non rimanere prigioniero della tua storia. Prendi il mare, recidi le cime che ti inchiodano a terra, tieni la mente a prua e salpa. Salpiamo. Un mondo finisce, un altro comincia, è questa l'Apocalisse e noi ci siamo in mezzo.
Questa è una storia di combattenti, sognatori e rivoluzionari, di grandi ideali, cocenti delusioni e speranze perdute, è la storia di un uomo senza nome perché in lui prende forma quello spirito di riscatto e ribellione che periodicamente riaffiora in
Feb 02, 2011 Kelanth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Questo libro è semplicemente fantastico. E devo dire che qui c'è un grosso rimando a tutti noi "Omnia sunt communia!", tutte le cose sono di tutti. E' molto difficile fare una recensione ad un libro così. Non è solo un romanzo storico, estremamente ben documentato, pieno di vicende e di personaggi, guerre, passioni, amore, morte. Questo è un "omina" del tutto, attraverso 40 anni di storia (questo è l'arco temporale racchiuso in questa opera) potrete vedere con i vostri occhi la storia. Non fatev ...more
Other reviewers have already addressed the plot of the novel so no point in my reiterating. This is a novel that is vast in scope and whilst filled to the brim with historical detail and events it is also a mystery. Two antagonists who circle each other over the span of thirty years, each fighting for their beliefs. This is a complex and convoluted novel and I had difficulty initially until I had some further understanding of the period.

I would have liked to have rated it higher simply due to th
Jul 15, 2012 Hilda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este libro me ha encantado por su audacia y precisamente por la misma complejidad de la que algunos lectores se quejan. No cualquier lector puede hacer frente a la multitud de personajes que se presentan brincando de un tiempo a otro. Desconcertante al principio y exigiendo nuestra atencion y concentracion, "Q" es un libro delicioso que nos invitar a ir construyendo la trama y su historia, pagina a pagina, hasta aquella en la que todo queda claro y con suspiro de admiracion, se agradece enormeme ...more
May 01, 2013 Jos rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Q tells the story of a Forrest Gump of the reformation age. We never learn the real name of this unsung hero. He's an anabaptist, representing one of the radical arms of the reformation. Whenever something crucial in early anabaptism happens, he's present: Müntzer's peasant upheaval, the synode of the martyrs in Augsburg, the tragedy of Münster in 1635, Jan van Batenburg's apocalyptic riders, Eloi Pruystincks early libertarian commune. He changes identities but is always in the middle of the act ...more
Non mi è piaciuto granché. Sì sì, si legge bene, ritmo incalzante (anche grazie alla furbata dei capitoletti brevissimi, 2-3 pagine), ma...
Troppo netta l'antistorica demarcazione fra "buoni" e "cattivi". Cattolici e luterani sono tutti avidi, malvagi e oppressori, gli anabattisti tutti idealisti che si battono per i diritti di tutti...
Un accumulo talmente esagerato di personaggi e fatti storici, in cui guarda caso il protagonista si trova sempre in mezzo, da apparire inverosimile e francamente r
Aug 26, 2008 Jfk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommending this book to me was perhaps the high water-mark in Justin's life. He has neither before nor since done a single thing worthy of note by anyone. This book is eclectic, well-written, beautifully disorganized, and other ridiculous things people say about good books. It is in fact a veritable tour de force.
“Noi solchiamo i meandri della storia. Noi siamo ombre di cui le cronache non parleranno. Noi non esistiamo”.

Q è uno di quei libri che ti si imprimono nella mente. Q è uno di quei libri che ti lascia dentro qualcosa. Q è uno di quei libri che non finiscono quando volti l’ultima pagina, ma continuano a perseguitarti per giorni: frasi, personaggi, luoghi.
Mi capita spesso di provare a immaginare quella Venezia di metà sedicesimo secolo così com’è descritta nel libro, quella città che era il centro
Un’accuratissima ricostruzione storica, che accompagna il lettore dalla riforma protestante sino alla pace di Augusta. E’ inutile che vi prendiate la briga di verificare: è tutto reale, a parte alcuni personaggi secondari che fanno parte, per così dire, della cornice romanzesca, che sostiene e costituisce la struttura su cui si regge la narrazione. In pratica, i vari “Renzo e Lucia” della situazione presa in esame.

Ed è proprio qui che la storia zoppica abbastanza e soddisfa poco, perché sono pe
May 27, 2016 Ralph rated it really liked it
This is a very rich, dense book. I spent so long reading it only because every page, EVERY page, required some looking into Wikipedia for information on a historical even or personage or item. This rather added to my enjoyment instead of detracting. It is a gripping story to follow and I learned much in the process.

The setting and themes could have made this dry and limp if focused on the history and religion involved. The authors have presented the speak patterns in such a way as to be attainab
May 31, 2014 Diletta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Questo libro. Questo libro è fenomenale. È così pieno, strapieno di volontà, di emozione che ti attanaglia. Non so scrivere una recensione sensata mi spiace. Perché va semplicemente letto e sentito con tutta la forza che si ha.
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quello che devo dire.

uno dei libri più ricchi che mi sia mai capitato di leggere.
l'affresco storico più ben scritto e verosimile che si possa immaginare.
la storia disperata d'un uomo che sceglie la parte sbagliata della storia, quella degli umili e degli ultimi, e che viene sempre sconfitto, morendo ogni volta per risorgere poi con un nuovo nome.
la storia del suo misterioso nemico, Q, che come un'ombra agisce per disfare ciò che l'altro ha contribuito a tessere.
sullo sfondo, i trent'anni che han
Ammetto che è stata un po' una sofferenza: un inizio veramente difficile (per me), facevo fatica a starci dietro, a seguire la storia e gli intrecci.
Prima della metà ho mollato perchè proprio non era il suo momento.
Ma troppa gente lo adora, dovevo concedergli ancora qualche pagina!
Dopo Natale l'ho ripreso in mano e da lì in poi è stata tutta discesa, peccato solo che spezzandolo così mi sono un po' dimenticata la parte già letta.
Recensione vera:
Un romanzo storico di quelli duri, d
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Dec 27, 2011 Stewart Home rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More than any other art form, even painting at the height of its 'realist' phase, the novel is tied to the rise of the bourgeois subject. It is for this very reason that fiction writing has tended to lag behind the other arts, and novels are nearly always ascribed to single authors. Indeed, that past master of bourgeois reaction, George Orwell, made books no longer being written by individuals one of the great horrors of his risible dystopia, 1984. In many arts, and only most obviously music and ...more
Feb 14, 2011 figura4 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
Nella prima metà, la lettura procede un po' a fatica.
Germania, XVI secolo. Il protagonista del romanzo (che non ha un nome, o forse ne ha troppi), disilluso dall'operato di Lutero, vaga per le campagne tedesche seminando zizzagna, aizzando i contadini contro i potenti. Ma le rivolte da lui fomentate immancabilmente falliscono. Perchè nell'ombra, a sua insaputa, agisce il misterioso Q, agente di Gianpietro Carafa, elemento di spicco del clero romano.
Qui il ritornello della rivolta fallita si rip
Apr 22, 2008 Colleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book covers the era when Martin Luther nailed up his criticism of the corruption of the Catholic Church, the early 1500's. It was a time when the peasants started to protest their treatment by the brigands, who called themselves nobles, and the torturers who maintained moral and civil law, who called themselves the Church. The entire book is written from the point of a young university student who must change his identity every time he gets in trouble with the two power factions running Ger ...more
Matt Gough
This book had a lot of potential. It was about the Reformation and followed one man as he moved across Europe, starting in Germany, moving to Holland, and ending up in Italy. The man was trying to keep the Reformation alive and constantly sought followers wherever he went. He was dogged by a man named “Q,” who was working for a Cardinal interested in keeping Catholicism dominant over Europe. It was a great premise and parts of it were interesting, but the execution was not as well done as it sho ...more
Feb 16, 2009 Jeff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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if you like eco’s name of the rose, you can think of this in comparison as a street-level political thriller rather than a philosophical murder mystery. i love both books. this is notably easy to read in short paragraphs and chapters, but very long, multi-voiced, similar to moby dick. i do not know the details of reformation history but this work seems credible, and it is fascinating that four writers wrote it: everyone had their special realm of expertise, everyone must have collaborated with h ...more
Nicola  Balestri
Nov 12, 2012 Nicola Balestri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pensare che è stato scritto da quattro concittadini di cui uno da me conosciuto (frequentavamo lo stesso gruppo scout) mi riempie di orgoglio anche perché la realizzazione del romanzo deve essere stata estremamente complicata.
L'ambientazione storica è precisissima ed i personaggi inventati sono solamente due, gli altri sono tutti reali e ben documentati. Non vi fate influenzare dalle prime difficoltà, immedesimarsi subito nel XVI sec non è facile e richiederà un piccolo sforzo, dopo
Sep 07, 2015 Malcolm rated it really liked it
Not the Luther Blisset who played for Watford Town and AC Milan but four Bologna-based writers whose tale of Anabaptist rebellion, Martin Luther's reformation, and papal opposition is told through reports by Q, a papal spy, tracking down a reformation leader and radical activist. Brilliant, powerful, moving, and utterly contemporary. Do not be put off by the seemingly odd subject matter and size of the book: this is engaging and exciting (but do expect some liberties with received histories of t ...more
Jan 16, 2009 Rob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This curious product of a shady Italian anarchist collective, named after an ex-Bournemouth, Watford and AC Milan striker intrigued me to such a degrree that I promptly took a holiday in Germany on the back of it. The image of the cage hanging from Munster Cathedral, with its bones of the executed Anabaptists, is one of the strongest images from an incredible novel - one that covers over a hundred years of the history of the reformation with amazing aplomb.
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Luther Blissett is a "multiple name" adopted by many people all over the world since the mid-1990s, as part of a transnational activist project. This practice started in Italy when a vast network of cultural workers "borrowed" the name of a Jamaica born soccer player active in England and in Italy in the previous decade. Later on, the name was used as a collective pen name by a group of four Itali ...more
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