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The City & The City (Random House Reader's Circle) (2009 original; edició 2010)

de China Mieville

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6,3233581,571 (3.97)1 / 708
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY "THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, THE SEATTLE TIMES," AND "PUBLISHERS WEEKLY" When a murdered woman is found in the city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks to be a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borlu of the Extreme Crime Squad. To investigate, Borlu must travel from the decaying Beszel to its equal, rival, and intimate neighbor, the vibrant city of Ul Qoma. But this is a border crossing like no other, a journey as psychic as it is physical, a seeing of the unseen. With Ul Qoman detective Qussim Dhatt, Borlu is enmeshed in a sordid underworld of nationalists intent on destroying their neighboring city, and unificationists who dream of dissolving the two into one. As the detectives uncover the dead woman's secrets, they begin to suspect a truth that could cost them more than their lives. What stands against them are murderous powers in Beszel and in Ul Qoma: and, most terrifying of all, that which lies between these two cities.… (més)
Membre:gbsallery
Títol:The City & The City (Random House Reader's Circle)
Autors:China Mieville
Informació:Del Rey (2010), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 352 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
Valoració:****1/2
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The City & The City de China Miéville (2009)

Afegit fa poc perLemeritus, llibresantjoan, ilsevr1977, harrygbutler, katri_kr, calvson, Joy1813, biblioteca privada, Delaney612, jgringauz
Biblioteques llegadesLeslie Scalapino
  1. 160
    El Sindicat de policies jueus de Michael Chabon (grizzly.anderson, kaipakartik)
    grizzly.anderson: Both are police procedural mysteries set in slightly alternate worlds.
    kaipakartik: Both are detective tales in alternate settings
  2. 112
    Les ciutats invisibles de Italo Calvino (snarkhunt)
    snarkhunt: Calvino's book is a travelogue of impossible societies while China's book is a sweet little noir stuck in the middle of one.
  3. 112
    Neverwhere de Neil Gaiman (ahstrick)
  4. 80
    Finch de Jeff VanderMeer (ShelfMonkey)
  5. 81
    Anathem de Neal Stephenson (chmod007, sturlington)
    chmod007: Both novels depict coexisting-but-dissociated societies — drastically foreign to the world we live in — but help us reflect on it.
  6. 70
    Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius [short story] de Jorge Luis Borges (bertilak)
  7. 61
    Orsinian Tales de Ursula K. Le Guin (ed.pendragon)
    ed.pendragon: Le Guin's Orsinia may have been an inspiration for Mieville's mythical Orciny in The City and the City.
  8. 50
    Un Lun Dun de China Miéville (heidialice)
    heidialice: May be an obvious recommendation, but these books cover a similar (very original) premise in very different ways. Un Lun Dun is for young teens, smaller in scope and message-heavy; The City & The City for adults, deals with complex themes and offers no easy answers. Both display Mieville's consummate skills and elegant humor.… (més)
  9. 40
    Hav de Jan Morris (ed.pendragon)
    ed.pendragon: Miéville's The City and the City acknowledges Jan Morris as an influence on his fractured cities novel, and Morris' travel book novel Hav (fictional trips to a fictional state) is the most likely reference.
  10. 30
    A Maze of Death de Philip K. Dick (AlanPoulter)
    AlanPoulter: Two tales of paranoia and murder set in very odd worlds that just get stranger....
  11. 20
    The Other City de Michal Ajvaz (bunnygirl)
    bunnygirl: Czech novel about an alternate Prague; not mentioned as one of the influences for this novel, but perhaps going on a bit of the same (disputed?) territory
  12. 31
    Wave without a Shore de C. J. Cherryh (reading_fox)
    reading_fox: Covers the same ground regarding visualising concepts.
  13. 20
    The Power de Naomi Alderman (charl08)
    charl08: Both books ask questions about what we take for granted in our everyday realtors..
  14. 31
    Night Watch de Sergei Lukyanenko (julienne_preacher)
    julienne_preacher: Both books are about divided realities (and both books are awesome).
  15. 20
    Trilogia de Nova York de Paul Auster (Longshanks)
    Longshanks: Two books that expand the scope of detective fiction beyond the genre's traditional concerns and constraints, one existentially and one sociopolitically.
  16. 20
    Gnomon de Nick Harkaway (paradoxosalpha)
    paradoxosalpha: Sfnal police procedurals with an epistemological/metaphysical edge.
  17. 20
    The Manual of Detection de Jedediah Berry (ShelfMonkey)
  18. 10
    The Kindly Ones de Melissa Scott (sandstone78)
    sandstone78: Similar themes of parallel societies.
  19. 10
    Ways of Worldmaking de Nelson Goodman (sek_smith, sek_smith)
    sek_smith: Ways of World Making explains the cognitive processes that allow us to unsee and,thus, understand. The City & the City is a practical application of the concept, most rigorous and well weaved. Very entertaining fiction with plenty of meaning
    sek_smith: This is not a fiction book, but an essay on relativity applied to epistemology. For many interested in the psychological mechanisms at work in The city & the City, this is a good read.
  20. 10
    Shadow & Claw: The First Half of The Book of the New Sun de Gene Wolfe (LamontCranston)
    LamontCranston: In many of Wolfes works he writes like Mieville has in the first person of imagined lands, unlike Mieville his characters do not improbably stop to explain to themselves (and thus to the audience) what a term or reference means - the narrative provides enough information for the audience to figure it out themselves.… (més)

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With a strong narrative voice reminiscent of traditional detective novels, the story instantly pulled me. The city Miéville built was truly interesting and unique, but I feel the book was lacking in description. ( )
  LaPhenix | Jul 8, 2024 |
Perdido Street Station was such a momentous reading experience when I was younger. It was flawed, with its occasionally unconvincing characterization, the pacing, the occasional clunkiness of the dialogue, but the way the city lived, the atmosphere, elevated it above itself. The City & The City has a hell of a premise. It has the occasional sentence that makes me envious. Occasionally I feel for the characters. But on the whole, it is unconvincing. I don't buy it. I read a line and I think, you know, that feels forced, that feels written, something someone put in this character's mouth more than what the character would say. I don't buy it. I buy his architecture and his conceits, some of his turns of phrase, but not his characters or his plots.

I've seen interviews with China and he's such an insightful, articulate speaker who clearly has a tremendous amount to offer. I have Kraken on my shelf. It might be a bit before I get to it, but I will, and I'm going to be in it with the hope of being enraptured, because China so clearly has the capacity, somewhere, to be properly enrapturing. ( )
  schizonihilisme | Jun 30, 2024 |
poliziesco, ambientazione fantasy ( )
  LLonaVahine | May 22, 2024 |
This is a propulsive noir detective story above all else, but the dual-city setting is fascinating, highlighting as it does social constructs (almost literal) and how we can choose not to see what’s right in front of us. Like a good noir, greed and corruption are at the heart of the story, in this case it’s the corruption of global capitalism. ( )
  Charon07 | May 7, 2024 |
Nearly perfect, Mieville has isolated some of the contradictions of globalization and drilled down until the liberal-capitalist world order begins to putrefy. Although some of the conversation writing felt stilted or lazy, I would like to see more of this. ( )
  ActuallySophia | Apr 2, 2024 |
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Subtly, almost casually, Miéville constructs a metaphor for modern life in which our habits of "unseeing" allow us to ignore that which does not directly affect our familiar lives. Yet he doesn't encourage us to understand his novel as a parable, rather as a police mystery dealing with extraordinary circumstances. The book is a fine, page-turning murder investigation in the tradition of Philip K Dick, gradually opening up to become something bigger and more significant than we originally suspected.
afegit per andyl | editaThe Guardian, Michael Moorcock (May 30, 2009)
 
Readers should shed their preconceptions and treat themselves to a highly original and gripping experience.The City & The City is still Urban Fantasy, yes, but don't look for elves on motorcycles or spell-casting cops. China Miéville has done something very different, new, and — oh yeah — weird.
afegit per PhoenixTerran | editaio9, Chris Hsiang (May 28, 2009)
 
The novel works best when Miéville trusts his storytelling instincts. I was immediately entranced by the premise of doppel cities and didn't need it explained at every turn.

At times, I appreciated the intellectual brilliance of "The City" more than I lost myself in it. Borlú seemed an archetype more than a fleshed-out character. That's OK. The real protagonists here are the mirror cities themselves, and the strange inner workings that make them, and their residents, tick.
 
Miéville’s achievement is at once remarkable and subtle. His overlapping cities take in an aspect of our own world—social conventions—wholesale. But by describing those conventions using conceptual tools borrowed from traditional “worldbuilding” fantasy, he heightens awareness of the unnoticed in our own lives. He doesn’t give us symbols. He gives us real life rendered with all the more clarity for its apparent weirdness.
 

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Miéville, Chinaautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Bauche-Eppers, EvaÜbersetzerautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Drechsler, ArndtAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Lee, JohnNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Mège, NathalieTraductionautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Mäkelä, J. PekkaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Miller, EdwardAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Nati, MaurizioTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY "THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, THE SEATTLE TIMES," AND "PUBLISHERS WEEKLY" When a murdered woman is found in the city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks to be a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borlu of the Extreme Crime Squad. To investigate, Borlu must travel from the decaying Beszel to its equal, rival, and intimate neighbor, the vibrant city of Ul Qoma. But this is a border crossing like no other, a journey as psychic as it is physical, a seeing of the unseen. With Ul Qoman detective Qussim Dhatt, Borlu is enmeshed in a sordid underworld of nationalists intent on destroying their neighboring city, and unificationists who dream of dissolving the two into one. As the detectives uncover the dead woman's secrets, they begin to suspect a truth that could cost them more than their lives. What stands against them are murderous powers in Beszel and in Ul Qoma: and, most terrifying of all, that which lies between these two cities.

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