The Last Days of New Paris

The Last Days of New Paris

Book - 2016
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"From the bestselling and award-winning master of sci fi, fantasy, and speculative fiction: a Surrealist bomb transfigures war-torn Paris into a phantasmagoric dreamscape, unleashing a race of nightmarish creatures"-- Provided by publisher.
"A thriller of 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. Praise for China Mieville "[Mieville's] wit dazzles, his humour is lively, and the pure vitality of his imagination is astonishing."--Ursula K. Le Guin, The Guardian, on Three Moments of an Explosion "Dark and thought-provoking."--The San Diego Union-Tribune, on The City & The City "Richly conceived."--The New York Times Book Review, on Embassytown "Mieville more than delivers."--San Francisco Chronicle, on Kraken "Compulsively readable."--The Washington Post Book World, on Perdido Street Station"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, [2016]
Edition: First Edition.
ISBN: 9780345543998
Characteristics: 205 pages 22 cm

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betheileenwalker
Sep 05, 2017

Quirky and compelling, surrealism and the art world will jump out of the pages and a few exquisite corpses will be seen along the way. Amazing summer beach or pool as well as a thriller that will make that hot chocolate and blanket by the fire a safe place, as this book goes where no one will tread in an alternative universe.
Hint, to fully enjoy, print out a map of Paris with the arrondissements and popular landmarks clearly identified. Then read the Notes section in the back with definitions of characters and "beings". Then dive in. I did not want it to end....

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Ichijo
Aug 05, 2017

Wonderfully it was not what I was expecting. If you enjoy alternative history books, a la Harry Turtledove, you will almost certainly hate this book with a passion. It is beautiful, wonderful, strange and most of all surreal. Less a story than a work of art. Whether you like it or hate it you will come away with a vastly different viewpoint than anyone else will, even if they agree with you it won't be the same impression they had.

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bwrogers
May 29, 2017

It's Mieville, it's Surrealism, it's anti-fascism. Yup, it's like someone took all of the good things in the world and stirred them together. The conceit is a bit faded, but the story rips along and will have you pawing for Wikipedia or your Art History textbook to fill in the gaps. In the best way. A story of urban guerrillas that never happened, utilizing the gun-toting avante-garde to fight Nazis and demons. It's as great as it sounds.

Phil_R Sep 02, 2016

Great book if you don't mind re-re-rereading over and over to find a bit of ground to stand on. With the short, 140 page length though it's no bother and well worth it.

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jenniferrabbit
Aug 31, 2016

A story put together as if (real) surrealist art illustrated a story. For those familiar with the genre, probably amazingly creative: for the rest of us maybe (anyway for me) seems self-indulgent. Nothing wrong with that, of course but personally I skipped to the Notes section.

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