The Last Days of New Paris

The Last Days of New Paris

A Novella

Book - 2016
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A thriller of war that never was—of survival in an impossible city—of surreal cataclysm. In The Last Days of New Paris, China Miéville 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 André 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 The Last Days of New Paris

“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

Baker & Taylor
"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." --

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& Taylor

A Surrealist bomb transfigures an alternate-reality World War II Paris into a phantasmagoric dreamscape, unleashing a race of nightmarish creatures. By the New York Times best-selling author of Three Moments of an Explosion.
A Surrealist bomb transforms an alternate-reality World War II Paris into a phantasmagoric dreamscape, unleashing a race of nightmarish creatures.

Publisher: New York : Del Rey, c2016
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345543998
Branch Call Number: FANTASY MIE
Characteristics: 205 p. :,ill. ;,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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