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China Mieville - Author

About the Author

China Miéville lives and works in London. He is three-time winner of the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award (Perdido Street Station, Iron Council and The City & The City) and has also won the British Fantasy Award twice (Perdido Street Station and The Scar). The City & The City, an existential thriller, was published in 2009 to dazzling critical acclaim and drew comparison with the works of Kafka and Orwell (The Times) and Philip K. Dick (Guardian). His most recent novel, Kraken, was published in 2010.

 

In 2010 China Miéville won the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award for his novel The City and the City, the first time in its history an author has won it three times.

 

Maxim Jakubowski's view on PERDIDO STREET STATION...
British author Miéville is one of the most adept practitioners when it comes to creating imaginary worlds and cities which are both alien and recognisable as an extrapolation of the world we live in. The urban and gothic New Crobuzon is a harbour for humans, mutants, magicians and every mysterious species under the sun. Old-fashioned storytelling taken off the leash and exhaustively inventive.

 

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Featured books by China Mieville

Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories

Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories

Author: China Mieville Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/07/2015

A highly anticipated collection of short fiction listed in the Guardian's 'Essential Literary Calendar' for 2015 from one of the most exciting and original authors writing today. The multi-award-winning China Mieville has been called 'the equal of David Mitchell or Zadie Smith' (Scotland on Sunday), whose 'inventiveness and precision is awesome' (Independent), and who writes with 'an imagination of immense power' (Guardian). In this extraordinary series of stories, defying definitions and literary stereotyping, he once again proves why he 'is one of the most interesting and promising writers to appear in the last few years in any genre' (Carlos Ruiz Zafon). In these stories, glistening icebergs float above urban horizons; a burning stag runs wild through the city; the ruins of industry emerge unsteadily from the sea; and the abandoned generations in a decayed space-elevator look not up at the stars but down at the Earth.

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The City & The City

The City & The City

Author: China Mieville Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/07/2018

With an introduction by novelist Kamila Shamsie When the body of a murdered woman is found in the extraordinary, decaying city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks like a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borlu of the Extreme Crime Squad. But as he probes, the evidence begins to point to conspiracies far stranger, and more deadly, than anything he could have imagined. Soon his work puts him and those he cares for in danger. Borlu must travel to the only metropolis on Earth as strange as his own, across a border like no other. With shades of Kafka and Philip K. Dick, Raymond Chandler and George Orwell, the multi-award winning The City & The City by China Mieville is a murder mystery taken to dazzling metaphysical and artistic heights.

October The Story of the Russian Revolution

October The Story of the Russian Revolution

Author: China Mieville Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/05/2018

In February of 1917 Russia was a backward, autocratic monarchy, mired in an unpopular war; by October, after not one but two revolutions, it had become the world's first workers' state, straining to be at the vanguard of global revolution. How did this unimaginable transformation take place? In a panoramic sweep, stretching from St Petersburg and Moscow to the remotest villages of a sprawling empire, Mieville uncovers the catastrophes, intrigues and inspirations of 1917, in all their passion, drama and strangeness. Intervening in long-standing historical debates, but told with the reader new to the topic especially in mind, here is a breathtaking story of humanity at its greatest and most desperate; of a turning point for civilisation that still resonates loudly today. China Mieville tells the extraordinary story of this pivotal moment in history.

The City & The City TV tie-in

The City & The City TV tie-in

Author: China Mieville Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2018

With shades of Kafka and Philip K. Dick, Raymond Chandler and 1984, the multi-award winning The City & The City by China Mieville is a murder mystery taken to dazzling metaphysical and artistic heights. 'You can't talk about Mieville without using the word brilliant .' - Ursula Le Guin When the body of a murdered woman is found in the extraordinary, decaying city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks like a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borlu of the Extreme Crime Squad. But as he probes, the evidence begins to point to conspiracies far stranger, and more deadly, than anything he could have imagined. Soon his work puts him and those he cares for in danger. Borlu must travel to the only metropolis on Earth as strange as his own, across a border like no other.

The Last Days of New Paris

The Last Days of New Paris

Author: China Mieville Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/02/2018

Weaving together the historical and the imagined, China Mieville's The Last Days of New Paris is a surreal and extraordinary work, from the author of The City & The City. 1941. In the chaos of wartime Marseille, American engineer and occult disciple Jack Parsons stumbles onto a clandestine anti-Nazi group, including Surrealist theorist Andre Breton. In the strange games of dissident diplomats, exiled revolutionaries, and avant-garde artists, Parsons finds and channels hope. But what he unwittingly unleashes is the power of dreams and nightmares, changing the war and the world for ever. 1950. A lone Surrealist fighter, Thibaut, walks a new, hallucinogenic Paris, where Nazis and the Resistance are trapped in unending conflict, and the streets are stalked by living images and texts - and by the forces of Hell. To escape the city, Thibaut must join forces with Sam, an American photographer intent on recording the ruins, and make common cause with a powerful, enigmatic figure of chance and rebellion: the exquisite corpse. But Sam is being hunted. And new secrets will emerge that will test all their loyalties - to each other, to Paris old and new, and to reality itself.

Octubre

Octubre

Author: China Mieville Format: eBook Release Date: 21/11/2017

"e;En febrero de 1917 Rusia era una monarquia atrasada y autocratica, enfangada en una guerra impopular; y en octubre, despues de no una, sino dos revoluciones, se habia convertido en el primer Estado de los Trabajadores, pugnando por colocarse en la vanguardia de la revolucion global. Como tuvo lugar esta inimaginable transformacion?En una visin panormica, desde San Petersburgo y Mosc hasta las aldeas ms remotas de un imperio inabarcable, Miville desvela las catstrofes, intrigas y fenmenos inspiradores de 1917, en toda su pasin, dramatismo e incluso extraeza. Afrontando los debates clsicos, pero narrado tambin para el lector que se asoma por primera vez a esta temtica, esta es una asombrosa historia de la humanidad en su punto ms grandioso y ms desesperado; un antes y despus civilizatorio que todava reverbera hoy en da. "e;Cuando uno de los escritores ms increblemente originales emprende la tarea de narrarnos uno de los acontecimientos ms explosivos de la historia, el resultado slo puede ser incendiario"e;Barbara Ehrenreich"e;Dar a una nueva generacin de lectores un relato nuevo de la gran revolucin, incorporando todos los descubrimientos posteriores a 1989 y la investigacin acadmica ms reciente, es una tarea singularmente abrumadora. Expresarlo en una prosa vvida, proftica, y conducirnos por sus pginas con la fuerza de un huracn, es algo que slo China Miville poda lograr"e;Mike DavisEn el centenario de la revolucin rusa, China Miville relata la extraordinaria historia de este momento crucial de la historia."e;

The Last Days of New Paris

The Last Days of New Paris

Author: China Mieville Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/07/2017

A thriller of a war that never was - of survival in an impossible city - of surreal cataclysm. In The Last Days of New Paris, China Mieville entwines true historical events and people with his daring, uniquely imaginative brand of fiction, reconfiguring history and art into something new. 1941. In the chaos of wartime Marseille, American engineer and occult disciple Jack Parsons stumbles onto a clandestine anti-Nazi group, including Surrealist theorist Andre Breton. In the strange games of dissident diplomats, exiled revolutionaries, and avant-garde artists, Parsons finds and channels hope. But what he unwittingly unleashes is the power of dreams and nightmares, changing the war and the world for ever. 1950. A lone Surrealist fighter, Thibaut, walks a new, hallucinogenic Paris, where Nazis and the Resistance are trapped in unending conflict, and the streets are stalked by living images and texts - and by the forces of Hell. To escape the city, Thibaut must join forces with Sam, an American photographer intent on recording the ruins, and make common cause with a powerful, enigmatic figure of chance and rebellion: the exquisite corpse. But Sam is being hunted. And new secrets will emerge that will test all their loyalties - to each other, to Paris old and new, and to reality itself.

October The Story of the Russian Revolution

October The Story of the Russian Revolution

Author: China Mieville Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/05/2017

Award-winning writer China Mieville has long been inspired by the ideals of the Russian Revolution and here, on the centenary of the revolution, he provides his own distinctive take on its history. In February 1917, in the midst of bloody war, Russia was still an autocratic monarchy: nine months later, it became the first socialist state in world history. How did this unimaginable transformation take place? How was a ravaged and backward country, swept up in a desperately unpopular war, rocked by not one but two revolutions? This is the story of the extraordinary months between those upheavals, in February and October, of the forces and individuals who made 1917 so epochal a year, of their intrigues, negotiations, conflicts and catastrophes. From familiar names like Lenin and Trotsky to their opponents Kornilov and Kerensky; from the byzantine squabbles of urban activists to the remotest villages of a sprawling empire; from the revolutionary railroad Sublime to the ciphers and static of coup by telegram; from grand sweep to forgotten detail. Historians have debated the revolution for a hundred years, its portents and possibilities: the mass of literature can be daunting.But here is a book for those new to the events, told not only in their historical import but in all their passion and drama and strangeness. Because as well as a political event of profound and ongoing consequence, Mieville reveals the Russian Revolution as a breathtaking story.

This Census-Taker

This Census-Taker

Author: China Mieville Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/02/2017

In a remote house on a hilltop, a lonely boy witnesses a traumatic event. He tries - and fails - to flee. Left alone with his increasingly deranged parent, he dreams of safety, of joining the other children in the town below, of escape. When at last a stranger knocks at his door, the boy senses that his days of isolation might be over. But by what authority does this man keep the meticulous records he carries? What is the purpose behind his questions? Is he friend? Enemy? Or something else altogether? A novella filled with beauty, terror and strangeness, This Census-Taker is a poignant and riveting exploration of memory and identity.

The Last Days of New Paris

The Last Days of New Paris

Author: China Mieville Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/02/2017

A thriller of a war that never was - of survival in an impossible city - of surreal cataclysm. In The Last Days of New Paris, China Mieville entwines true historical events and people with his daring, uniquely imaginative brand of fiction, reconfiguring history and art into something new. 1941. In the chaos of wartime Marseille, American engineer and occult disciple Jack Parsons stumbles onto a clandestine anti-Nazi group, including Surrealist theorist Andre Breton. In the strange games of dissident diplomats, exiled revolutionaries, and avant-garde artists, Parsons finds and channels hope. But what he unwittingly unleashes is the power of dreams and nightmares, changing the war and the world for ever. 1950. A lone Surrealist fighter, Thibaut, walks a new, hallucinogenic Paris, where Nazis and the Resistance are trapped in unending conflict, and the streets are stalked by living images and texts - and by the forces of Hell. To escape the city, Thibaut must join forces with Sam, an American photographer intent on recording the ruins, and make common cause with a powerful, enigmatic figure of chance and rebellion: the exquisite corpse. But Sam is being hunted. And new secrets will emerge that will test all their loyalties - to each other, to Paris old and new, and to reality itself.

Dieser Volkszahler

Dieser Volkszahler

Author: China Mieville Format: eBook Release Date: 23/01/2017

Auf einem Berg oberhalb des Bruckendorfes, in einem abgelegenen Haus, lebt ein Junge mit seinen Eltern. Der Vater ist Schlusselmacher und wird weithin fur seine Kunst geruhmt. Oft steigen die Leute den Berg hinauf und tragen ihr Anliegen vor. Von den Schlusseln erzahlt man sich, dass sie magische Krafte haben, und niemals sieht der Junge die Kunden seines Vaters ein zweites Mal. Doch dann wird er Zeuge einer grausamen Tat und muss hinunter ins Dorf fliehen. Die Leute dort erwarten ihn bereits und wollen wissen, was geschehen ist. Auer Atem, mit blutigen Handen und zitternd vor Angst erzahlt der Junge, seine Mutter habe seinen Vater erstochen. Sicher ist er sich aber nicht. Vielleicht war es auch der Vater, der die Mutter getotet hat ... Einmal mehr lotet China Miville die Grenzen der phantastischen Literatur aus. Dieser Volkszhler ist ein virtuos erzhltes, atmosphrisch dichtes Buch, das unsere Wahrnehmung der gegenwrtigen Welt verzerrt, um das zu enthllen, was uns in ihr verborgen bleibt.

The Worst Breakfast

The Worst Breakfast

Author: China Mieville Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/11/2016

The Last Days of New Paris

The Last Days of New Paris

Author: China Mieville Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/08/2016

A thriller of a war that never was - of survival in an impossible city - of surreal cataclysm. In The Last Days of New Paris, China Mieville entwines true historical events and people with his daring, uniquely imaginative brand of fiction, reconfiguring history and art into something new. Beauty will be convulsive. . . . 1941. In the chaos of wartime Marseille, American engineer - and occult disciple - Jack Parsons stumbles onto a clandestine anti-Nazi group, including Surrealist theorist Andre Breton. In the strange games of the dissident diplomats, exiled revolutionaries, and avant-garde artists, Parsons finds and channels hope. But what he unwittingly unleashes is the power of dreams and nightmares, changing the war and the world forever. 1950. A lone Surrealist fighter, Thibaut, walks a new, hallucinogenic Paris, where Nazis and the Resistance are trapped in unending conflict, and the streets are stalked by living images and texts - and by the forces of Hell. To escape the city, he must join forces with Sam, an American photographer intent on recording the ruins, and make common cause with a powerful, enigmatic figure of chance and rebellion: the exquisite corpse. But Sam is being hunted. And new secrets will emerge that will test all their loyalties - to each other, to Paris old and new, and to reality itself.

Last Days of New Paris

Last Days of New Paris

Author: China Mieville Format: eBook Release Date: 09/08/2016

A thriller of war that never wasof survival in an impossible cityof surreal cataclysm. In The Last Days of New Paris, China Mieville entwines true historical events and people with his daring, uniquely imaginative brand of fiction, reconfiguring history and art into something new. ';Beauty will be convulsive. . . .' 1941. In the chaos of wartime Marseille, American engineerand occult discipleJack Parsons stumbles onto a clandestine anti-Nazi group, including Surrealist theorist Andre Breton. In the strange games of the dissident diplomats, exiled revolutionaries, and avant-garde artists, Parsons finds and channels hope. But what he unwittingly unleashes is the power of dreams and nightmares, changing the war and the world forever. 1950. A lone Surrealist fighter, Thibaut, walks a new, hallucinogenic Paris, where Nazis and the Resistance are trapped in unending conflict, and the streets are stalked by living images and textsand by the forces of Hell. To escape the city, he must join forces with Sam, an American photographer intent on recording the ruins, and make common cause with a powerful, enigmatic figure of chance and rebellion: the exquisite corpse. But Sam is being hunted. And new secrets will emerge that will test all their loyaltiesto each other, to Paris old and new, and to reality itself.Praise for The Last Days of New Paris';Beautiful, stunningly realized . . . [The Last Days of New Paris] is a brief vacation in alien latitudes, a midnight layover in an imaginary place.'NPR ';A thoughtful, highbrow novella . . . Mieville's self-assuredstyleoffers up a strong sense of humanity, whilethe strangeSurrealist monstersgiveLast Daysa fun and complementarymad-science component.'USA Today ';[A] testament to the necessary, progressive power of art . . . Both moving and disturbingly timely.'Newsday ';A novel both unhinged and utterly compelling, a kind of guerrilla warfare waged by art itself, combining both meticulous historical research and Mieville's unparalleled inventiveness.'Chicago Tribune';An extraordinarily original work that foregrounds Mieville's considerable ingenuity and innovation.'The Millions ';Hauntingly poetic, strangely beautiful, and erratically intense.'San Francisco Book Review ';Dazzling . . . quite a feat.'The Guardian

Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories

Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories

Author: China Mieville Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/05/2016

The multi-award-winning China Mieville has been called 'the equal of David Mitchell or Zadie Smith' (Scotland on Sunday), a writer whose 'inventiveness and precision is awesome' (Independent), and who writes with 'an imagination of immense power' (Guardian). In these twenty-eight short stories, glistening icebergs float above urban horizons; a burning stag runs wild through the city; the ruins of industry emerge unsteadily from the sea; and the abandoned generations in a decayed space-elevator look not up at the stars but down at the Earth. Ranging from portraits of childhood to chilling ghost stories, from dystopian visions to poignant evocations of uncanny love, with beautiful prose and melancholy wit, Three Moments of an Explosion is a breath-taking collection that poses searching questions of what it is to be human in an unquiet world. It is a humane and unsentimental investigation of our society, our world, and ourselves.

This Census-Taker

This Census-Taker

Author: China Mieville Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2016

In a remote house on a hilltop, a lonely boy witnesses a traumatic event. He tries - and fails - to flee. Left alone with his increasingly deranged parent, he dreams of safety, of joining the other children in the town below, of escape. When at last a stranger knocks at his door, the boy senses that his days of isolation might be over. But by what authority does this man keep the meticulous records he carries? What is the purpose behind his questions? Is he friend? Enemy? Or something else altogether? A novella filled with beauty, terror and strangeness, This Census-Taker by China Mieville is a poignant and riveting exploration of memory and identity.

This Census-Taker

This Census-Taker

Author: China Mieville Format: eBook Release Date: 12/01/2016

For readers of George Saunders, Kelly Link, David Mitchell, and Karen Russell, This Census-Taker is a stunning, uncanny, and profoundly moving novella from multiple-award-winning and bestselling author China Mieville.NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR In a remote house on a hilltop, a lonely boy witnesses a profoundly traumatic event. He triesand failsto flee. Left alone with his increasingly deranged parent, he dreams of safety, of joining the other children in the town below, of escape. When at last a stranger knocks at his door, the boy senses that his days of isolation might be over. But by what authority does this man keep the meticulous records he carries? What is the purpose behind his questions? Is he friend? Enemy? Or something else altogether? Filled with beauty, terror, and strangeness, This Census-Taker is a poignant and riveting exploration of memory and identity.Praise for This Census-Taker';China Mieville is a magician . . . who can both blow your mind with ideas as big as the universe and break your heart with language so precise and polished, it's like he's writing with diamonds.'NPR ';The book haunts the reader; what actually happened seems always just out of reach, glimpsed in shadow as it rounds a corner ahead of our vision.'Los Angeles Review of Books ';[Mieville's] been compared to Karen Russell and George Saunders, and rightfully so.'The Huffington Post ';Marvellous.'The Guardian ';Lingers in the mind like an unsettling dream.'Financial Times ';A thought-provoking fairy tale for adults . . . [This Census-Taker] resembles the narrative style, quirkiness, and plotting found in the works of Karen Russell, Aimee Bender, or Steven Millhauser.'Booklist ';Brief and dreamlike . . . a deceptively simple story whose plot could be taken as a symbolic representation of an aspect of humanity as big as an entire society and as small as a single soul.'Kirkus Reviews

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