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Embassytown (Paperback)

Author:  China Mieville
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0345524500
ISBN-13: 9780345524508
Sku: 221523857
Publish Date: 1/31/2012
Pages:  345
When distant political machinations deliver a new ambassador to Arieka, the fragile equilibrium between humans and aliens is violently upset. Avice is torn between competing loyalties--to a husband she no longer loves, to a system she no longer trusts, and to her place.
Loyalty, diplomacy, trust, identity, bigotry, and the power language--China Miéville weaves all of these lofty themes into a top-notch sci-fi story led by an enthralling heroine. Having spent years on expeditions in deep space, Avice Bennen Cho returns to Embassytown on the remote planet Arieka, a complicated world populated by both humans and sentient alien beings known as Ariekei with their own complex language and customs. A precarious peace accord has existed between the races, but when a new Ambassador--one of the humans who learn the Ariekei language while in utero--arrives with political ambitions, the stability is disrupted. Avice, whose position on this planet is both foreign and deeply integrated through linguistic evolution, must choose sides as the power struggles foment.


"[A] densely written, thought-provoking and challenging story....Highly recommended!" (top pick) - Natalie A. Luhrs 05/01/2011

"Mieville's brilliant storytelling shines....The result is a world masterfully wrecked and rebuilt." (starred review) 03/21/2011

"EMBASSYTOWN has the feel of a word-puzzle, and much of the pleasure of figuring out the logic of the world and the story comes from gradually catching the full resonance of its invented and imported words...." - Carlo Rotella 06/05/2011

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0345
Product attributePublisher:   Del Rey Books
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