The City & The City by China Miéville: | overtheroadtruckersdispatch.com: BooksWhat separates them is not a conventional border — though there is one, which can be crossed with a passport — but the equally impenetrable barriers set up by law and custom. So two houses may sit next to one another, one in Ul Qoma, the other in Beszel: the inhabitants will never meet, talk or even glance at one another; two people can walk down the same pavement side by side, one in Beszel, the other in Ul Qoma, never bumping into one another, and each seeing a different set of passers-by, shops, beggars. It begins to look as though Mahalia Geary has endangered this age-old order. The City and the City is not a conventionally well-made novel, but it sparks thought in a way that more conventional novels would never dare to. Love puzzles? Get the best at Telegraph Puzzles. Books on Amazon.
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China Mieville has for quite some time now been one of the best science fiction writers that this country has produced. Clarke award which he has won three times to name a few. He also writes highly respected non-fiction about Marxism, clearly a clever chap. So it was with some anticipation that I picked up The City and the City. The story is set in two cities unlike any other. Somewhere on the edge of Eastern Europe, lies the city of Beszel; intertwined with it is the city of Ul Qoma. They are separate countries even though their dark and twisted streets interlink with each other and buildings can be both part of Beszel and Ul Qoma at the same time.