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The Last Days of New Paris

China Miéville

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 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. 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. Praise for The Last Days of New Paris "Beautiful, stunningly realized . . . [The Last Days of New Paris] is a brief vacation in alien latitudes, a midnight layover in an imaginary place."-NPR "A thoughtful, highbrow novella . . . Miéville's self-assured style offers up a strong sense of humanity, while the strange Surrealist monsters give Last Days a fun and complementary mad-science component."-USA Today "[A] testament to the necessary, progressive power of art . . . Both moving and disturbingly timely."-Newsday "A novel both unhinged and utterly compelling, a kind of guerrilla warfare waged by art itself, combining both meticulous historical research and Miéville's unparalleled inventivene

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 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. 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. Praise for The Last Days of New Paris "Beautiful, stunningly realized . . . [The Last Days of New Paris] is a brief vacation in alien latitudes, a midnight layover in an imaginary place."-NPR "A thoughtful, highbrow novella . . . Miéville's self-assured style offers up a strong sense of humanity, while the strange Surrealist monsters give Last Days a fun and complementary mad-science component."-USA Today "[A] testament to the necessary, progressive power of art . . . Both moving and disturbingly timely."-Newsday "A novel both unhinged and utterly compelling, a kind of guerrilla warfare waged by art itself, combining both meticulous historical research and Miéville's unparalleled inventivene
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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 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. 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. Praise for The Last Days of New Paris "Beautiful, stunningly realized . . . [The Last Days of New Paris] is a brief vacation in alien latitudes, a midnight layover in an imaginary place."-NPR "A thoughtful, highbrow novella . . . Miéville's self-assured style offers up a strong sense of humanity, while the strange Surrealist monsters give Last Days a fun and complementary mad-science component."-USA Today "[A] testament to the necessary, progressive power of art . . . Both moving and disturbingly timely."-Newsday "A novel both unhinged and utterly compelling, a kind of guerrilla warfare waged by art itself, combining both meticulous historical research and Miéville's unparalleled inventivene

Language:

English

Narrators:

Ralph Lister

Length:

5h 39m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:25


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:22


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:25


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:42


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:29


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:08


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:29


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:33


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:41


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:54


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:35


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:32


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:31


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:32


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:22


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:29


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:35


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:12


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:55


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:30


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:11


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:46


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:44


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:12


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:21


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:27


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:25


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:13


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:00


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:56


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:43


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:24


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:36


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:38


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:01


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:22


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:55


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:04


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:12


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:55


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:34


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:36


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:04


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:45


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:05


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:44


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:25


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:45


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:26


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:34


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:08


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:19


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:11


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:57


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:27


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:43


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

00:33