A new official description of The Last Days of New Paris by China Miéville

9780345543998We now have the official description for China Miéville’s upcoming novel The Last Days of New Paris, from the US publishers Random House.

Read it right here:

A thriller of war that never was—of survival in an impossible city—of surreal cataclysm. In The Last Days of New Paris, China Miéville 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 Marseilles, 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.

1950. A lone Surrealist fighter, Thibault, walks a new, hallucinogenic Paris, where Nazis and the Résistance 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.

That just sounds amazing. It could be Miéville’s most political and most complex novel yet, and I’m beyond excited. It’s out on August 9th!



  1. Yeesh. This book sounds even more amazing than the first blurb you posted a while back. Though I can’t help but feel it’s a little familiar at the same time, after reading Iron Council. But seeing as Iron Council’s arguably my favorite China Mieville book of all time, that’s a good thing 😀

  2. I have been trying to find out more about this book – the format seems unclear (I have seem it listed as a hardback, a paperback, and “Other”, but never more than one of those in one place) – one site suffixes the title with “Parts One and Two”. Re the reference to novel vs novella (above), those sites referring to is simply by title indicate 224 pages – Waterstone’s (listing it as “Other”, parts one and two) are not specific, but suggest a publication date (missed) of 11th Feb 2016, and show it as “Unavailable”. I spoke to the UK publisher, who couldn’t seem to find any details of this book at all. Does anyone have more information on this?

  3. In a strange twist of fate, just a few hours after I posted my comment, Subterranean Press announced a limited edition of this book yesterday.

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