Paperback The Mysteries of New Venice

By (author) Jean-Christophe Valtat

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  • Publisher: Melville House Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 430 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 206mm x 30mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 7 June 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Brooklyn
  • ISBN 10: 1612191312
  • ISBN 13: 9781612191317
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 293,768

Product description

Introducing the "Mysteries of New Venice" steampunk trilogy with a first volume that "entrances and delights" (NPR) In the defense of steampunk comes a literary adventure unlike anything you've read before. 1908, New Venice: An ominous black airship hovers in the sky, and the city is hunting for the author of a radical pamphlet calling for revolt. The lead suspect is Brentford Orsini, one of the city's most prominent figures. As the net around him tightens, Orsini receives a mysterious message from a long-lost love that compels him to act. Brilliant in its conception, masterful in its prose, thrilling in its plot twists, and laced with humor, suspense, and intelligence, "Aurorarama" marks the beginning of a great new series of books.

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Author information

Jean-Christophe Valtat was educated at the ecole Normale Superieure and the Sorbonne. He is the author of three acclaimed books of literary fiction: "Album," a collection of short stories, and the novels "Exes" and "O3," the last of which was recently translated into English and published in the United States by Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. "Aurorarama" is his first book written in English. Valtat also wrote and co-directed the movie "Augustine." He lives in Paris. "From the Hardcover edition."

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" ... the novel glides on silver skates from the surreal to the absurd to the languorously decadent ... Irresistible." --Laura Miller, "Salon" "Combining Arctic adventure with Victorian fantasy, this page-turner is as sparkling and colorful as the northern lights."" --The San Francisco Chronicle" " "Aurorarama" is a magnificent achievement, balancing serious intent with arch humour. It's also beautifully stylish, replete with inventive steampunk iconography and fantastical characters in a stunning polar setting." --Eric Brown, "The Guardian" ""Aurorarama" mesmerizes..." --Erik Morse, "Bookforum "Aurorarama" is perhaps what Jules Verne would write if woken from the dead and offered a dose of mushrooms." --"The National " "["Aurorarama"] entrances and delights. You could spend years picking apart the sly references and the particular myths, poems, novels and songs that inspired Valtat, or you can simply enjoy it for the experience. Valtat is making his American debut in a big way...with his remarkable enthusiasm and bravery, it's completely possible he'll conquer the world." --Jessa Crispin, "NPR"'s "Books We Like" "Marvelous, perfect, and perfectly marvelous!... ["Aurorarama"] promises to attract discerning and sophisticated readers galore, those fans of the fantastical who are tired of second-hand visions and stale conceits....Valtat's novel is Little Nemo in Slumberland as retold by a trio of Jeff Noon, Steve Aylett and William Burroughs. I can hardly wait for its sequels." --Paul Di Filippo, "The Barnes and Noble Review " "The prose is gorgeous, undeniably so..."" --"The San Francisco Book Review" ""A terrific storyteller, Valtat mixes humor and poetry, romance and politics into a surprisingly thoughtful page-turner about social revolution." --Matthew Jakubowski, "Paste Magazine" "Mr. Valtat may have written the most noteworthy contribution to steampunk in almost two decades...." Aurorarama" rejuvenates an entire subgenre, adding creativity and accuracy (historical and, more importantly, tonal) to a field that risks being defined solely by corsets and airships. Beyond its importance in legitimizing steampunk, "Aurorarama" is a sparkling read - breathing, human characters wandering amok in one of the most captivating cities in fiction." --"Pornokitsch" ""Aurorarama" is at turns smart, funny ... thought-provoking, dark and bizarre" --"Geek Speak Magazine" Praise for Jean-Christophe Valtat "[Valtat] has a magical sense of shape, and a gift for lyrical prose that are rare in modern writing." --"La Croix " "Jean-Christophe Valtat is a writer of beautiful energy."" --Le Monde" "A totally satisfying literary experience, and I don't want you to miss it." "--Kate G., bookseller at The Strand" "From the Hardcover edition."