Snagged this one off of Fantastic Fiction, it looks like the cover art for China Mieville’s upcoming novel, The City & The City.

They City & The City by China Mieville

From Subterannean Press:

In such novels as King Rat, Perdido Street Station, and Iron Council, China Mieville established himself as one of the most original writers currently working in any genre. In his latest, The City & the City, Mieville has outdone himself, giving us a multi-layered urban fantasy of extraordinary complexity and depth.

The story begins when Tyador Borlu, senior detective in the Extreme Crime Squad of the city of Beszel, is called to the scene of a particularly vicious homicide. When the victim turns out to be a young female student with dubious political connections and a controversial history, the investigation spills over into the neighboring city of Ul Qoma. Once there, Borlu enters a labyrinth of violence and corruption that will alter the course of his career.

The City & the City is a brilliantly conceived, masterfully executed novel whose intricate plot encompasses myth and legend, political and cultural divisions, corporate greed, and the arcane forces that move behind the scenes of a beautifully realized urban landscape. Effortlessly blurring the boundaries between mystery, fantasy, and mainstream fiction, it is the most impressive, fully developed work to date by a writer of vast ambition and seemingly limitless gifts.

Looks a mite early (and mighty blury), but rather in line with Mieville’s recent releases. Thoughts?

  • Nick December 14, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    Do we know anything else about it yet?

  • aidan December 14, 2008 at 2:59 pm


    I’ve added a synopsis to the original post.

  • Fábio December 15, 2008 at 2:37 am

    Intriguing. The cover is a clean, beautiful work, and the synopsis is not a synopsis at all, but an advertising piece. Smart: makes me want to read more about it.

  • Mark Newton December 15, 2008 at 9:25 am

    Very, very excited. It seems to be an organic development from some of his short story work, although difficult to say without reading it.

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  • Harrison Holtz December 15, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    I’m really digging the cover art for this novel. I like how its subtle unlike alot of Fantasy Novels out there that are so in your face.

  • edifanob December 17, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    Sounds interesting. Wait for more information.

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