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Auroraramaby Jean-Christophe Valtat
Synopses & Reviews
—Erik Morse, Bookforum
Aurorarama is perhaps what Jules Verne would write if woken from the dead and offered a dose of mushrooms.
Aurorarama] entrances and delights. You could spend years picking apart the sly references and the particular myths, poems, novels and songs that inspired Valtat, or you can simply enjoy it for the experience. Valtat is making his American debut in a big way...with his remarkable enthusiasm and bravery, it's completely possible he'll conquer the world.
—Jessa Crispin, NPR's Books We Like
Marvelous, perfect, and perfectly marvelous ... Aurorarama] promises to attract discerning and sophisticated readers galore, those fans of the fantastical who are tired of second-hand visions and stale conceits....Valtat's novel is Little Nemo in Slumberland as retold by a trio of Jeff Noon, Steve Aylett and William Burroughs. I can hardly wait for its sequels.
—Paul Di Filippo, The Barnes and Noble Review
A terrific storyteller, Valtat mixes humor and poetry, romance and politics into a surprisingly thoughtful page-turner about social revolution.
—Matthew Jakubowski, Paste Magazine
Praise for Jean-Christophe Valtat
Valtat] has a magical sense of shape, and a gift for lyrical prose that are rare in modern writing.
Jean-Christophe Valtat is a writer of beautiful energy.
New Venice, an Arctic city, seems calm on the outside but a revolt is brewing, as there are tensions between the Eskimos and the city's Subtle Army, while the secret police, the Gentlemen of the Night, suspect that a prominent citizen, Brentford Orsini, has written a rebellious pamphlet.
A seductive and shockingly inventive literary thriller that entwines suspense, history, the supernatural, adventure, steampunk, and a wicked sense of adventure into an intoxicating newgenre.
EPISODE ONE IN AN ASTONISHING NEW SERIES
New Venice--the pearl of the Arctic--is a place of ice palaces and pneumatic tubes, of beautifully ornate sled-gondolas and elegant Victorian garb, of long nights and short days and endless vistas of crystalline ice. But as the city prepares for spring, it feels more like qarrtsiluni--the time when something is about to explode in the dark.
Local poletics are wracked by tensions between the city's security forces--the SubtleArmy--and the Eskimos who were there first; by suffragette riots led by an underground music star; and by drug round-ups led by the ruthless secret police force known as the Gentlemen of the Night.
Meanwhile, a mysterious and ominous black airship hovers over the city like a supernatural threat--is New Venice about to come under assault, or is it another government ploy?
Atthe root of it all is an anonymous pamphlet calling for revolt, which the Gentlemen suspect was written by one of the city's most prominent figures, Brentford Orsini. But as they tighten the net around him, Orsini receives a message from a long-lost love that compels him to radical action.
About the Author
Jean-Christophe Valtat was born in 1968. Educated in the Ecole Normale Superieure and the Sorbonne, he lives in Paris and teaches Comparative Literature. He has written a book of short stories, Album, and two novels, Exes, and 03 (published in English by FSG), as well as award-winning radio-plays and a movie Augustine (2003), which he also co-directed.
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