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Embassytown

(2011)
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Awards
2012 Arthur C. Clarke Award (nominee)
2012 Hugo Award for Best Novel (nominee)
2012 John W. Campbell Memorial Award (nominee)
2012 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel
2011 BSFA Award for Best Novel (nominee)
2011 Nebula Award for Best Novel (nominee)

China Miéville doesn't follow trends, he sets them. Relentlessly pushing his own boundaries as a writer - and in the process expanding the boundaries of the entire field - with Embassytown, Miéville has crafted an extraordinary novel that is not only a moving personal drama but a gripping adventure of alien contact and war.

In the far future, humans have colonized a distant planet, home to the enigmatic Ariekei, sentient beings famed for a language unique in the universe, one that only a few altered human ambassadors can speak.

Avice Benner Cho, a human colonist, has returned to Embassytown after years of deep-space adventure. She cannot speak the Ariekei tongue, but she is an indelible part of it, having long ago been made a figure of speech, a living simile in their language.

When distant political machinations deliver a new ambassador to Arieka, the fragile equilibrium between humans and aliens is violently upset. Catastrophe looms, and Avice is torn between competing loyalties - to a husband she no longer loves, to a system she no longer trusts, and to her place in a language she cannot speak yet speaks through her.


Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"A fully achieved work of art." - Ursula K Le Guin

"One of the most interesting and promising writers to appear in the last few years in any genre." - Carlos Ruiz Zafón


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