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Awards

2010 Arthur C. Clarke Award Winner
2010 Hugo Award Winner

Synopses & Reviews

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New York Times bestselling author China Mieville delivers his most accomplished novel yet, an existential thriller set in a city unlike any other — real or imagined.

When a murdered woman is found in the city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks to be a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borlu of the Extreme Crime Squad. But as he investigates, the evidence points to conspiracies far stranger and more deadly than anything he could have imagined.

Borlu must travel from the decaying Beszel to the only metropolis on Earth as strange as his own. This is a border crossing like no other, a journey as psychic as it is physical, a shift in perception, a seeing of the unseen. His destination is Beszels equal, rival, and intimate neighbor, the rich and vibrant city of Ul Qoma. With Ul Qoman detective Qussim Dhatt, and struggling with his own transition, Borlu is enmeshed in a sordid underworld of rabid nationalists intent on destroying their neighboring city, and unificationists who dream of dissolving the two into one. As the detectives uncover the dead womans secrets, they begin to suspect a truth that could cost them and those they care about more than their lives.

What stands against them are murderous powers in Beszel and in Ul Qoma: and, most terrifying of all, that which lies between these two cities.

Casting shades of Kafka and Philip K. Dick, Raymond Chandler and 1984, The City and the City is a murder mystery taken to dazzling metaphysical and artistic heights.

Review:

“Daring and disturbing . . . Mieville illuminates fundamental and unsettling questions about culture, governance and the shadowy differences that keep us apart.” Walter Mosley, author of Devil in a Blue Dress

Review:

“If Philip K. Dick and Raymond Chandler's love child were raised by Franz Kafka, the writing that emerged might resemble China Mieville's new novel, The City and the City." Los Angeles Times

Review:

“China Mieville has made his name via award-winning, genre-bending titles such as King Rat, Perdido Street Station, The Scar and Iron Council. Now, in The City and the City, he sets out to bend yet another genre, that of the police procedural, and he succeeds brilliantly…. [An] extraordinary, wholly engaging read.” St. Petersburg Times

Review:

“An eye-opening genre-buster. The names of Kafka and Orwell tend to be invoked too easily for anything a bit out of the ordinary, but in this case they are worthy comparisons.” The Times, London

Review:

“Evoking such writers as Franz Kafka and Mikhail Bulgakov, Mr. Mieville asks readers to make conceptual leaps and not to simply take flights of fancy.” Wall Street Journal

Review:

“An excellent police procedural and a fascinating urban fantasy, this is essential reading for all mystery and fantasy fans.” Booklist, (starred review)

Synopsis:

New York Times-bestselling author Mieville delivers his most accomplished novel yet, an existential thriller set in a city unlike any other — real or imagined.

About the Author

China Mieville is the author of King Rat; Perdido Street Station, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the British Fantasy Award; The Scar, winner of the Locus Award and the British Fantasy Award; Iron Council, winner of the Locus Award and the Arthur C. Clarke Award; Looking for Jake, a collection of short stories; and Un Lun Dun, his New York Times-bestselling book for younger readers. He lives and works in London.

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h, August 5, 2012 (view all comments by h)
Miéville's talents shine in this unexpected detective novel that is also a urban metaphysical mindbender. He leaves his regular genre of fantasy much to the side to explore a city divided, not literally but in citizens' consciousness of it. A great introduction to Miéville for those wary of fantasy.
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Richard Alsen, January 31, 2011 (view all comments by Richard Alsen)
this was the best book i read in 2010. who could even conceive of such an outrageous premise, let alone execute it, with such panache as china mieville? his originality is astounding. the concept in this novel, it seems to me, is unfilmable. even christopher nolan would be hard-pressed to convey the idea visually. it lives in the prose; and that is rare indeed.
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Slabby31, January 24, 2011 (view all comments by Slabby31)
Imagine living in Bristol, TN and you are unable to acknowledge the fact that Bristol, VA exists. You know that people are walking in the street by you, but if you "see" them, you get taken away never to be heard from again. Oh, don't forget your passport if you want to visit the other Bristol. Throw in a murder mystery and you have this book. This book is a page-turner extraordinaire.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345497529
Author:
Mieville, China
Publisher:
Del Rey Books
Author:
Mieville, China
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Subject:
fiction;fantasy;mystery;science fiction;crime;urban fantasy;sf;detective;speculative fiction;novel;noir;murder;new weird;cities;police procedural;crime fiction;eastern europe;dystopia;murder mystery;weird fiction;alternate history;police;urban;parallel un
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Random House Reader's Circle
Publication Date:
20100431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.32x5.54x.74 in. .61 lbs.

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Product details 352 pages Del Rey Books - English 9780345497529 Reviews:
"Review" by , “Daring and disturbing . . . Mieville illuminates fundamental and unsettling questions about culture, governance and the shadowy differences that keep us apart.”
"Review" by , “If Philip K. Dick and Raymond Chandler's love child were raised by Franz Kafka, the writing that emerged might resemble China Mieville's new novel, The City and the City."
"Review" by , “China Mieville has made his name via award-winning, genre-bending titles such as King Rat, Perdido Street Station, The Scar and Iron Council. Now, in The City and the City, he sets out to bend yet another genre, that of the police procedural, and he succeeds brilliantly…. [An] extraordinary, wholly engaging read.”
"Review" by , “An eye-opening genre-buster. The names of Kafka and Orwell tend to be invoked too easily for anything a bit out of the ordinary, but in this case they are worthy comparisons.”
"Review" by , “Evoking such writers as Franz Kafka and Mikhail Bulgakov, Mr. Mieville asks readers to make conceptual leaps and not to simply take flights of fancy.”
"Review" by , “An excellent police procedural and a fascinating urban fantasy, this is essential reading for all mystery and fantasy fans.” Booklist, (starred review)
"Synopsis" by , New York Times-bestselling author Mieville delivers his most accomplished novel yet, an existential thriller set in a city unlike any other — real or imagined.
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