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The last days of new Paris: a novella

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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 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. 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 . . . Mieville'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 Mieville's unparalleled inventiveness." -- Chicago Tribune
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subject_facetAlternative histories (Fiction)
Art -- Fiction
Fantasy fiction
Imaginary wars and battles -- Fiction
Paris (France) -- Fiction
Science fiction
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World War, 1939-1945 -- France -- Paris -- Fiction
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Imaginary wars and battles
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Science Fiction
Surrealism
World War, 1939-1945