The Last Days of New Paris
A thriller of a war that never was. In The Last Days of New Paris, China MiÃÂ©ville entwines true historical events and people with his daring, uniquely imaginative brand of fiction, reconfiguring history and art into something new.
Weaving together the historical and the imagined, China MiÃÂ©ville’s The Last Days of New Paris is a surreal and extraordinary work, from the author of The City & The City.
1941. In the chaos of wartime Marseille, American engineer and occult disciple Jack Parsons stumbles onto a clandestine anti-Nazi group, including Surrealist theorist AndrÃÂ© Breton. In the strange games of 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 for ever.
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, Thibaut 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.