April 05, 2006

Q: one of the best novels of recent years

5 out of 5 stars
Q - Luther Blissett.
Obviously it's not that Luther Blissett (it is, I think, a quartet of anonymous Italians). But this really is one of the most entertaining and stimulating books I've picked up in the past couple of years. 16th C Europe in all its religious craziness is the setting. A fantastic and yet horribly realistic canvas, enormously rich in compelling detail, somewhat reminiscent of Name of the Rose and also Baudolino (echoes of Eco) but with a tremendous narrative and gripping climax. The scale of it is huge and it is fantastically ambitious. All in all absolutely terrific and strongly recommended.

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