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Author: Luther Blissett (Wu Ming)
Published: 2000
Language: English
Wordcount: 209,223 / 605 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 93.9
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 6,957
Added to site: 2008.03.16
mnybks.net#: 20330
License: by-nc-sa

A convoluted historical thriller by a consortium of young authors sharing the pseudonym "Luther Blissett."[The partial or total reproduction of this book, in electronic form or otherwise, is consented to for non-commercial purposes, provided that the original copyright notice and this notice are included and the publisher and source are clearly acknowledged.]

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blood and fury. Sword still in his hand. No one goes near him. I can hear him panting. A tug on the reins, the horse turns around. The axe is raised. Back at a gallop. Elias spreads his legs, two tree-roots. His head and arms turned to the sky, he drops his sword.

The final blow: 'Omnia sunt communia, sons of whores!'

His head flies into the dust.


* * *


The houses are being ransacked. Doors smashed in with kicks and axe-blows. We'll be next. No time to lose. I lean over him.

'Magister, listen to me, we've got to go, they're coming... For the love of God, Magister...' I grasp his shoulders. He whispers a reply. He can't move. Trapped, we're trapped.

Like Elias.

My hand clutches my sword. Like Elias. I wish I had his courage.

'What do you think you're doing? We've had enough of martyrdom. Go on, get out while you can!'   

The voice. As though from the bowels of the earth. I can't believe he's spoken. He's moving even less than be

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 5 from 2 reviews: *****
2011.01.13
Arnoud Roth
*****

Brilliant book!
Very good reading stuff, especially for the historical engaged reader.
Still looking for the dutch translation in epub format, though.
Go ahead, it's free and even having to pay for it won't leave you sorry.

2010.05.23
NYS
*****

Fantastic book. Bit on the long side but well worth the effort.

I couldn't put it down even though my wife was getting p!#sed.

They have a sequel out in italian. Can't wait for the english translation.


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