By Wu Ming, Luther Blissett
1954, the peak of the chilly battle. In Hollywood memebers of Her Majesty's mystery provider have a perilous challenge for the dependent Cary provide. And in Bologna, Pierre Capponi, a lovelorn younger barman, is set to embark on a painful odyssey looking for his lacking father.
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The horses are coming on to the track,’ announced the loudspeakers. The jockeys, already in the saddle for the warm-up, were making the horses stride to test the going. Ninfa looked like a white princess in the midst of the black horses. Marano fastened the crop to his wrist and pressed his cap low on his forehead. Lario caught the smell of a female and shook his head. Then Verdi and Magione passed, followed by Augusta and Redipuglia. Bringing up the rear was Monte Allegro; the black horse held his head high, his teeth bared, and Cabras, the Sardinian jockey, had trouble keeping him under control, and kept on talking to him and stroking him without any great success.
Pierre exploded. ‘Shut up! What do you know about it? What the fuck are you always on about? Always judging, always banging on. So I like pussy, so what? I like dancing and I’m good at it and 100itext 9/3/05 7:17 am 54 PART ONE Page 45 45 everyone admires me, you know? They look at me. And isn’t there some satisfaction in that as well? But take a look at yourself, always behind the bar, always pissed off. ’ ‘The bar is our bread and butter, fine, and if you don’t feel like working, then you can bugger off.
Without a doubt, the Russian winter was partly responsible, but one thing was certain: the New Man, at least for the time being, 100itext 9/3/05 50 7:17 am Page 50 WU MING wouldn’t be having to tuck his trousers into two-foot-high leather boots to march the goose-step. The New Man, if there was such a thing, would be reflected in Cary Grant, the perfect prototype of Homo atlanticus: civil without being boring; moderate, but progressive; rich, certainly, even extremely rich, but not dry, and not flabby either.
54 by Wu Ming, Luther Blissett