Reviews

A selection of reviews of Red Army Faction Blues.

‘As a work of historical fiction, Wilson’s prose is artfully light of touch where exposition is concerned. Concise summaries of ideas—from Situationism to the writings of Marcuse—fit naturally into the dialogue of his young revolutionary characters, informing the novitiate reader whilst remaining perfectly unobtrusive to the informed…  as a novel that is willing to both engage with radical politics and explore postmodern literary form, Red Army Faction Blues is a highly commendable work, audaciously conceived and well executed.’ The Review of Contemporary Fiction

‘[Ada Wilson’s] aim in this beautifully-written novel is to write about rock music in the same way that David Peace wrote about football in The Damned United, as a mirror of contemporary history, as a glass through which to view the world. This multilayered realism, achieved through placing actual people and places under fiction’s microscope, certainly underlines the novel’s contemporary echoes of unrest, surveillance and a sense that things are getting a little out-of-hand politically and culturally and nobodyquite knows what’s going on. Ring any bells?’
– Ian McMillan – Yorkshire Post

‘Peter Green provides the thematic thread drawing the novel’s diverse elements into focus, mapping out the constant points of this fascinating reimagining. As though the Green God has the answers – the code to what happened… to why the urban guerrilla youthquake all went wrong. Brilliant stuff!’ – Rock n Reel

‘This is a magnificent, messy book. Or rather it is a magnificent book about the messy degeneration of high ideals and good music. Skilfully and almost breathlessly, the author reveals the confused interior life of Peter Urbach, the undercover agent, as well as that of ex-Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green.’
– Paul Simon, Morning Star

‘Every line of the novel throngs with authenticity. A novel capable of provoking such mental gymnastics has got to be one worth conjecturing with.’
Andrew Darlington, Soundchecks Music Review

‘British author Wilson- brings the tumult of 1967 West Berlin vividly to life in this intriguing period thriller. Resonances with the Occupy Wall Street movement make this novel’s themes timely.’ Publishers Weekly

‘Wilson has created here a place where worlds collide, firstly the worlds of the Red Army Faction of German terrorists in the 1960s and the world of the excesses of pop music in the same period, and then the world of fiction and history. While this fusion takes some work on the part of the reader, ultimately it is a revealing and entertaining exploration of both dimensions.’
– Andy Lancaster – The Bookbag

Red Army Faction Blues has the kind of lean, mean sparseness that would please Elmore Leonard. Hoorah for a stylishly-written book.’
– Jim Greenhalf, Bradford T&A

‘Shows the power of the novel to illuminate a moment in history; the moment when terrorism became the new rock ’n’ roll, the paths that took us there and the paths we have taken since.’
– David Peace

‘This fascinating and haunting work of ‘faction’ (pun intended) takes us into the violent world of left-wing terrorism in the dying embers of the late 60s/early 70s – the peace and love generation. A period in culture which would fuse together the seeming intellectual disparity between something as high minded as radical politics and something as lowbrow as rock music. Bombs and acid. They’ll blow your mind.’
– Barry Snaith

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