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City and the City

China Mieville



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01 July 2011
Crime & mystery; Fantasy; Epic Fantasy; Arthur C Clarke Award; British Science Fiction Award; Hugo Award; World Fantasy Award
An eye-opening genre-buster. The names of Kafka and Orwell tend to be invoked too easily for anything a bit out of the ordinary, but in this case they are worthy comparisons. The Times, London 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 1984, The City & The City is a murder mystery taken to dazzling metaphysical and artistic heights.

MORE PRAISE FOR THE CITY & THE CITY If Philip K. Dick and Raymond Chandler's love child were raised by Franz Kafka, the writing that emerged might resemble China Mieville's ... The City & the City. Los Angeles Times An excellent police procedural and a fascinating urban fantasy, this is essential reading for all mystery and fantasy fans. Booklist This spectacularly, intricately paranoid yarn is worth the effort. Kirkus
By:   China Mieville
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   274g
ISBN:   9780330534192
ISBN 10:   033053419X
Pages:   500
Publication Date:   01 July 2011
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

China Mieville 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.

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Fiction of the new century. -- Neil Gaiman

  • Winner of BSFA Award for Best Novel 2010 (UK)
  • Winner of Locus Award Best Fantasy Novel 2010 (UK)
  • Winner of The Arthur C. Clarke Award 2010 (UK)
  • Winner of The Kitschies Red Tentacle Award for Best Novel 2010 (UK)
  • Winner of World Fantasy Awards Best Novel 2010 (UK)

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