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The Violent Century by Lavie Tidhar
  

The Violent Century

Science Fiction   Action Adventure / Spy   

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A fascinating and exciting way of approaching history in a world where superheroes exist but what it is to actually be a hero is open to discussion. Some readers may find the tone of voice difficult to enjoy but if you get past this it’s a beautifully envisaged and hugely gripping tale and an intriguing take on our world and recent history.

If you like Lavie Tidhar you might also like to read books by Ned Beauman, China Mieville and Nick Harkaway.

Synopsis

The Violent Century by Lavie Tidhar

For seventy years they guarded the British Empire. Oblivion and Fogg, inseparable friends, bound together by a shared fate. Until one night in Berlin, in the aftermath of the Second World War, and a secret that tore them apart. But there must always be an account...and the past has a habit of catching up to the present. Now, recalled to the Retirement Bureau from which no one can retire, Fogg and Oblivion must face up to a past of terrible war and unacknowledged heroism, - a life of dusty corridors and secret rooms, of furtive meetings and blood-stained fields - to answer one last, impossible question: What makes a hero?

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Ambitious, skilled and original. - Christopher Priest, author of The Prestige.

He is a political writer, an iconoclast and sometimes a provocateur ... Osama is a remarkable and ambitious work. - China Mieville on Osama.

Where do heroes come from? How are friendships made? What makes us human? These are the questions that Lavie Tidhar grapples with, in this story of friendship writ large upon a canvas that stretches from the 1930s to the present day, in a slightly alternate world where superheroes exists, but heroics mean different things to different people. Choices made in the second world war resonate down through a series of brilliantly detailed cold war scenes, ultimately wrestling with the idea of the self. This is a big, ambitious book that manages to deliver. -- Glen Mehn

About the Author

Lavie Tidhar

Lavie Tidhar is the World Fantasy Award winning author of Osama, of The Bookman Histories trilogy and many other works. He also won the British Fantasy Award for Best Novella, for Gorel & The Pot-Bellied God, and was nominated variously for BSFA, Campbell, Sturgeon, Kitschies and Sidewise awards. He grew up on a kibbutz in Israel and in South Africa and currently resides in London.

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Book Info

Publication date

24th April 2014

Author

Lavie Tidhar

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Publisher

Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Paperback
352 pages

Categories

Science Fiction
Action Adventure / Spy

War & combat fiction

ISBN

9781444762891

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