A bloody historical epic of exodus and return, torn loyalties and desperate battles, "Manituana" spans the Atlantic, from the forests of America's northeast to the underworld of eighteenth-century London. The authors' collective Wu Ming have created a genre-breaking reimagining of the American Civil War. This is a story from the wrong side of history. 1775 - The conflict between the British Empire and the American colonies erupts in all-out war. Rebels and loyalists to the British Crown compete for an alliance with the Six Nations of the Iroquois, the most powerful Indian confederation, with a constitution hundreds of years old. In the Mohawk River Valley, Native Americans and colonists have co-existed for generations. But as the thunder of war approaches and the nascent United States struggles violently to be born, old bonds are broken, friends and families are split by betrayal and this mixed community lapses into hatred and resentment. To save his threatened world, the Mohawk war chief Joseph Brant makes a painful decision.
Setting off with a group of warriors, he goes beyond the world he has always known in a restless journey that will take him from New York to the salons of Georgian London at the heart of the British Empire, knowing that the road back will be paved with war.
Wu Ming is a collective of five Italian fiction writers, founded in Bologna in January 2000. Their books include the bestselling novel Q, under the previous pseudonym of Luther Blissett, nominated for the Guardian First Book Award, and '54. Their website is www.wumingfoundation.com. Manituana's fully interactive website is www.manituana.com