By Wu Ming, Luther Blissett
1954, the peak of the chilly battle. In Hollywood memebers of Her Majesty's mystery provider have a perilous venture for the stylish Cary supply. And in Bologna, Pierre Capponi, a lovelorn younger barman, is ready to embark on a painful odyssey looking for his lacking father.
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Fear that something might go wrong. He had a permanent sense that the case was slipping from his sweaty hand, or that someone might grab it from him. The syringe inside was worth 250,000 lire. He gulped. After 1,000 metres Ninfa began to move up, overtaking Magione, 100itext 9/3/05 7:17 am 54 PART ONE Page 29 29 who was running at the head along the fence, until she was head to head. Augusta and Lario started falling behind, on the unsuitable surface. Cabras held Monte Allegro on a tight rein, shortening their distance from the front runners and overtaking Verdi on the inside.
And how hard they had been for Cary! Three box office flops in a row. The decision to retire from the screen. A holiday in the Far East with Betsy, which hadn’t been sufficiently restorative. The exhausting quest for palliatives, yoga, new reading matter, the perennial intoxication of self-improvement but without the moment of truth, without setting foot on-set. A difficult relationship with Archie, who also used his body and came to get it back in periods of crisis and disorientation. A difficult relationship with Elsie, who had made a surprise reappearance in his life fifteen years previously.
If one individual could achieve it, there was no reason why the rest of the working class shouldn’t have it as well. Cary Grant was a living demonstration of the fact that progress existed, and had been going in the right direction at least since CroMagnon man. Socialism would crown this impressive series of results with social justice, harmony among human beings and the liberation of all creative energy. In a classless society, anybody could be Cary Grant. Well, not really. That’s what a few intellectuals might have claimed.
54 by Wu Ming, Luther Blissett