Description A thriller of war that never was; of survival in an impossible city; of surreal cataclysm. China Mieville entwines true historical events and people with his daring, uniquely imaginative brand of fiction, reconfiguring history and art into something new. It's 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. It's 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.
Last Days of New Paris - Staff Choice by Sywert This book is weird. Then again, that’s not that unexpected from a Miéville title. Quickly becoming one of my favourite authors, Miéville spins a weird, confusing, strange tale of a city being hit by a S-Bomb (literally a surrealist bomb). The story follows a resistance fighter using surrealist art brought to life to fight the Nazis and, of course, the forces of hell. This book starts weird, stays weird, and is great fun the entire time.