Manituana by Wu Ming

Manituana

Wu Ming

This is a dense literary patchwork construction, powered by action and adventure. From the forests and islands of Canada, to the stew of London life, high and low, the multitude of characters and perspectives made the late 16th century world of North American settlers and the six Iroquois nations feel almost more real than the modern world around me.

Extract

In the language of the Empire, every cause was followed by a consequence, to every action there was a single corresponding purpose, to every action the most appropriate reaction. On the contrary, the language of the Mohawk was full of details, run through with doubts, refined by constant adjustments. Each word stretched and expanded to capture every possible meaning and ring in the ear in the most consonant manner.

Parallels
  • The Calligrapher's Secret by Rafik Schami
  • The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper