Reminiscent of David Mitchell's Ghostwritten and Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities, this is the story of a place that never looks the same way twice: a place imagined anew by each citizen who walks through the changing streets among voices half-heard, signs half-glimpsed and desires half-acknowledged. This is the story of a city.
'Have you noticed how each of us conjures up our own city?' Every city is made of stories: stories that meet and diverge, stories of the commonplace and the strange, of love and crime, of ghosts and monsters.
'Subtly and deftly, Thompson succeeds in capturing the experience of city life ... Thompson can make a sentence sing in a way that is uniquely his own ... Turning the pages of COMMUNION TOWN you become aware that here is a new writer working out what he can do, and realising that he can do anything.'
'Dreamlike, gnarly and present, COMMUNION TOWN shifts like a city walker, from street to street'
China Mieville, author of EMBASSYTOWN and THE CITY & THE CITY
'COMMUNION TOWN is one of those rare creatures - a first novel that combines ambition with humanity. It is a strange, remarkable work'
Tash Aw, author of THE HARMONY SILK FACTORY
'The 19th century motif of the flaneur - basically a figure who experiences a city through the act of walking - is revived to creepily dreamy effect..Thompson deploys a David Mitchell-esque technique of linking stories through space and time'
'Sam Thompson's city is made of stories, curling recursively around a sense of loss, a haunting, a mysterious gap in his characters'
sense of themselves
'...[He is] able to construct our world out of what appears to be a repeating nightmare and, against the odds, find something good in it. COMMUNION TOWN sucks the reader in. It is a disconcerting but compelling location for genuinely human truths'
M. John Harrison
Publication date: 05/07/2012
Publisher: Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||5th July 2012|
|Publisher:||Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,|
Sam Thompson was born in 1978. He teaches English at St Anne's College, Oxford, and he writes for the Times Literary Supplement, the London Review of Books and the Guardian. He lives in Oxford with his wife and son.More About Sam Thompson