In December 1913, the New York World newspaper published the first crossword in history. It appeared in their Sunday supplement, "Fun." A century later, this absorbing puzzle continues to attract (and infuriate) millions of devotees every day. But the world's most popular-and seemingly mundane-pastime has a surprising history, filled with intrigue and adventure.
Paolo Bacilieri's FUN transports us from turn-of-the-century New York to present-day Milan, taking in stories of ingenious puzzle makers, ardent solvers, and intellectual luminaries. Part detective story, part docudrama, and interlaced with a fiction of Bacilieri's own imagining, FUN questions the crossword's "harmless" status. Sure, it's fun-but could it also be a form of resistance, of cryptic communication, of espionage?
Born in Verona in 1965, Paolo Bacilieri graduated from the Accademia di Belle Arti in Bologna. His comic book series include Napoleone and Jan Dix. He is the author of Durasagra Venice uber alles, SuperMaso attitude, Zeno Porno, La magnifica desolazione, Canzoni in A4, Adios Muchachos (from the Daniel Chavarria novel), and Sweet Salgari. He lives and works in Milan.