CHINA MIÉVILLE,

THE CITY & THE CITY

China Miéville, the acclaimed urban fantasist behind Perdido Street Station, has made a specialty of blending pulp and literary tropes into ambitiously highbrow stories, but this latest premise may be his most audacious yet...

The City & The City by China Miéville [Del Rey, $25]

China Miéville, the acclaimed urban fantasist behind Perdido Street Station, has made a specialty of blending pulp and literary tropes into ambitiously highbrow stories, but this latest premise may be his most audacious yet: He sets a Chandleresque murder mystery in two overlapping fictional Eastern European cities that must coexist by law without ever acknowledging each other's presence. Timothy Hodler

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