Se pare că informaţia de săptămâna trecută despre noul roman al lui China Mieville nu era foarte exactă. Adică nu vom avea parte doar de o nouă carte, ci de două! This Census Taker se va lansă în ianuarie 2016, dar va fi un roman scurt sau o nuvelă, iar The Last Days of New Paris va apare spre mijlocul lui 2016, va fi un roman în toată puterea cuvântului şi cu el va continua explorarea de către autorul englez a tuturor subgenurilor literaturii speculative – de această dacă avem parte de universurile alternative. Se pare că Mieville a fost foarte ocupat în ultima perioadă: a scris mai multe povestiri care au fost incluse în volumul lansat anul aceasta – Three Moments of an Explosion, o nuvelă şi un roman.
This Census Taker:
Like Neil Gaiman’s major bestseller The Ocean at the End of the Lane, this is short and stirring fiction from a genre master.
After his mother goes missing, a boy is left alone in a remote house on a hilltop with his increasingly deranged father. When an odd man knocks on his door, the boy senses that his days of isolation are over. But will this stranger at last trigger the doom the boy has feared or will he somehow save the boy from the worst?
For readers of George Saunders, Kelly Link, and Karen Russell, This Census Taker is the poignant and uncanny new novella from award-winning and bestselling author China Miéville. After witnessing a profoundly traumatic event, a boy is left alone in a remote house on a hilltop with his increasingly deranged parent. When a stranger knocks on his door, the boy senses that his days of isolation are over—but by what authority does this man keep the meticulous records he carries? Is he the boy’s friend? His enemy? Or something altogether other?
The Last Days of New Paris:
THE LAST DAYS OF NEW PARIS is an intense and gripping tale set in an alternative universe: June 1940 following Paris’ fall to the Germans, the villa of Air-Bel in Marsailles, is filled with Trotskyists, anti-fascists, exiled artists, and surrealists. One Air-Bel dissident decides the best way to fight the Nazis is to construct a surrealist bomb. When the bomb is accidentally detonated, surrealist Cataclysm sweeps Paris and transforms it according to a violent, weaponized dream logic.