• Thu
  • Dec 25, 2014
  • Updated: 12:04pm

Embassytown

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 29 May, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 29 May, 2011, 12:00am
 

Embassytown
by China Mieville
Picador (e-book)

China Mieville is the novelist many believe will take science fiction into the mainstream. His early books, Perdido Street Station and The Scar, were extraordinary combinations of fantasy, history, epic and purple prose that helped create the genre known as Steampunk.

After detours via young adult fiction (Un Lun Dun) and inventive, but realistic works (The City and the City and Kraken), Mieville's seventh novel returns him to his origins: as an inventor of universes and language. 'Embassytown: a city of contradictions on the outskirts of the universe. [Our heroine] Avice is an immerser, a traveller on the immer, the sea of space and time below the everyday, now returned to her birth planet.' Initially, this is confusing. But slowly, we learn. Embassytown exists on the planet Arieka, populated by an odd race (Ariekei) who only speak the literal truth. Until they meet human beings, that is, and become addicted to metaphors and irony - or lies.

Mieville's prose is filled with puns, neologisms and meditations on art, culture and language. Ambitious, brilliant and thrilling.

Extras: none.

Share

Related topics

For unlimited access to:

SCMP.com SCMP Tablet Edition SCMP Mobile Edition 10-year news archive
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Login

SCMP.com Account

or