- Taschenbuch: 224 Seiten
- Verlag: Del Rey; Auflage: Reprint (16. Januar 2018)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1524797480
- ISBN-13: 978-1524797485
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,8 x 1,2 x 20,9 cm
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The Last Days of New Paris: A Novel (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 16. Januar 2018
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“Beautiful, stunningly realized . . . [The Last Days of New Paris] is a brief vacation in alien latitudes, a midnight layover in an imaginary place.”—NPR
“A thoughtful, highbrow novella . . . Miéville’s self-assured style offers up a strong sense of humanity, while the strange Surrealist monsters give Last Days a fun and complementary mad-science component.”—USA Today
“[A] testament to the necessary, progressive power of art . . . Both moving and disturbingly timely.”—Newsday
“A novel both unhinged and utterly compelling, a kind of guerrilla warfare waged by art itself, combining both meticulous historical research and Miéville’s unparalleled inventiveness.”—Chicago Tribune
“An extraordinarily original work that foregrounds Mieville’s considerable ingenuity and innovation.”—The Millions
“Hauntingly poetic, strangely beautiful, and erratically intense.”—San Francisco Book Review
“Dazzling . . . quite a feat.”—The Guardian
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China Miéville is the author of numerous books, including This Census-Taker, Three Moments of an Explosion, Railsea, Embassytown, Kraken, The City & The City, and Perdido Street Station. His works have won the World Fantasy Award, the Hugo Award, and the Arthur C. Clarke Award (three times). He lives and works in London.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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A wag said in their review of Neal Stephenson's Seveneves that it was interesting to have orbital mechanics as a main character. So too does surrealist art take center stage in China Mievellie's strangely compelling novella, The Last Days of New Paris. The difference between the two (and I know I'll get some flak) is that Mieville is an exceptional fantasist, along, IMHO, with M. John Harrison and perhaps Christopher Priest, while Stephenson is a terrific professor of all things geeky but has a penchant for losing students during his long, dense lectures.
I have always admired Mieville's fecund, orthogonal imagination, starting with Perdido Street Station, and amplified in The Scar, The City and the City, Embassytown, and perhaps my favorite volume of his (so far), Railsea. He constantly surprises with his characters, his subjects, his points of view, and a knack for crafting his formidable storytelling to best support his story. The Last Days of New Paris is no exception.
In a nutshell, it is 1950 and the Nazis still occupy Europe; in Paris, earlier in the war, a strange device has exploded, freeing manifestations of art – particularly surrealist art – that, for their own inscrutable reasons, sometimes fight with the resistance against the city’s occupation and the Germans’ own brand of nasties they have called forth. A young man, Thibaut, is part of the surrealist resistance and gets entangled in this almost indescribable conflict to become a key figure in the equally staggering end game.
Mieville employs his estimable vocabulary in mostly percussive, declarative prose that befits the combination of armed conflict and surrealism. It can be shocking, hilarious, or tragic, but always presented in a whirling carousel of images that one will not soon forget. And although it is a novella, appx. 170 pages, the story arcs are tight and tie up, even if the ending is a little obtuse.
The reason I only gave it four stars is that you have to be deeply familiar with both Paris and surrealist art to completely enjoy and understand Mieville’s tommy-gun references (I have a little more than a working knowledge of Paris and it definitely helped, but, alas, surrealist art and I are only passing acquaintances). Having said that, the book is so good, it should be read despite this one caveat because he is that fine of a writer. There were many times when I had to pause and ask myself, shaking my head, “Did he just write that? How could anyone think something up like that?”
If you’ve read and appreciate Mieville, you won’t be disappointed at all. If you are looking for a place to start, I would choose among Perdido Street station (New Weird), Embassytown (SF), The City and the City (Magical Realism with a New Weird bent), or Railsea (ostensibly New Weird YA that really isn’t YA and a brilliant psychotic riff on Moby Dick).