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The City and the City

by China Mieville

eBooks of the Month Fantasy Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on The City and the City

Winner of the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award 2010.

A strange and compelling murder mystery set in a place like no other.  In a unique and seemingly impossible land, two separate cities share the same space at the same time, the inhabitants passing every day and deliberately not seeing each other.  The greatest crime is ‘Breach’, moving illegally from one city to the other, which has dire consequences.  Citizens live in fear of accidentally committing it but deliberate Breach is swiftly detected and severely punished, so when a dead body from one city turns up in another it causes a special kind of headache for Inspector Borlú who must investigate without Breaching himself.  A startling, intense and enthralling read from an award-winning author who has created, in his dark, detached, paranoid world, a truly amazing place.


Comparison: William Gibson, Neil Gaiman.

 

Maxim Jakubowski's view...
His forte is the lavish descriptions of weird, surrealistic cities and the teeming, bizarre life that inhabits them, but his latest THE CITY AND THE CITY is almost a crime novel, as an investigator delves into a murder and a cross between Chandler and Kafka arises.

Sarah Broadhurst

The City and the City Synopsis

When the body of a murdered woman is found in the extraordinary, decaying city of Bes el, 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 1984 , The City & The City is a murder mystery taken to dazzling metaphysical and artistic heights.

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ISBN: 9780330534192
Publication date: 06/05/2011
Publisher: Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781405000178
Publication date: 15/05/2009
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780330534192
Publication date: 6th May 2011
Author: China Mieville
Publisher: Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Fantasy, Reading Groups, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Fantasy, Crime & mystery,

About China Mieville

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 ...

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