Currently Reading: Q

27 November 2011 § 1 Comment

Q by Luther Blissett, 1999

I’m just beginning the novel Q by Luther Blissett. Well, not really by Luther Blisset. See, four Italians decided they’d write a novel and use that nom de plume. They are nameless like their protagonist, the “Survivor,” who is a 16th century theology student on the run from Q, the heretic hunter. The novel bills itself right on the cover as a “Thriller, novel of ideas, the cult European bestseller.” I’m hoping it’s 600+ pages will fly by as briskly as Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, have the significance of Mann’s Magic Mountain, and the evocation of a foreign time and place like The Canticle of Leibowitz. A tall order.

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