Selected as a Best Book of 2018 by NPR Books, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and the UK Guardian.

From the bestselling author of Central Station comes an extraordinary new novel recalling China Mieville and Michael Chabon, entertaining and subversive in equal measures.

Lior Tirosh is a semi-successful author of pulp fiction, an inadvertent time traveler, and an ongoing source of disappointment to his father.

Tirosh has returned to his homeland in East Africa. But Palestina - a Jewish state founded in the early 20th century - has grown dangerous. Unrest in Ararat City is growing; the government is building a vast border wall to keep out African refugees. Tirosh has become state security officer Bloom's prime murder suspect, while rogue agent Nur stalks them through transdimensional rifts - possible futures to prevented only by avoiding the mistakes of the past.

Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"Lavie Tidhar does it again. A jewelled little box of miracles. Magnificent." - Warren Ellis

"Unholy Land is probably better than Michael Chabon’s Yiddish Policeman’s Union." - Bradley Horner

"Lavie takes us through a haunting, mesmerizing Judea, across multiple timelines into the promised night shelter in British East Africa. Here is an expedition at once proposed and taken, an alternate reality in which the holocaust is averted but the mechanics of displacement remain the same, where people are oppressed and oppressor at the same time. A genius, dreamlike fantasy for those who slip across might-have-been worlds." - Saad Z Hossain

"There are SFF writers. There are good SFF writers. And there is Lavie Tidhar. In a genre entirely of his own, and quite possibly a warped genius, he rummages in the ruins of our centuries and our genres and makes out of them something strange, dark and utterly unique. There is no one like him writing in genre today. This [Unholy Land] is a twisted piece of alt-history/geography that refuses to go where lesser writers would drive it. Bold and witty and smoky, it plays games and coquetries, makes dark dalliances and will leave you dazzled and delighted." - Ian McDonald

"Lavie Tidhar’s daring Unholy Land brilliantly showcases one of the foremost science fiction authors of our generation." - Silvia Moreno-Garcia

"By combining spatiotemporal mind games reminiscent of Steven Hall’s The Raw Shark Texts with a cosmopolitan wit evocative of Graham Greene’s screenplay for >em>The Third Man, Lavie Tidhar has given us a mystically charged, morally complex vision of Theodor Herzl’s famous Jewish state that might have been." - James Morrow

"Extraordinary, confronting, intriguing. Unholy Land is a dream of a home that’s never existed, but is no less real for that: a dream that smells like blood and gunpowder. It’s precisely what we’ve come to expect of Tidhar, a writer who just keeps getting better." - Angela Slatter


Similar books by other authors


Used availability for Lavie Tidhar's Unholy Land

Paperback Editions

November 2018 : USA Paperback
thumb

Title: Unholy Land
Author(s): Lavie Tidhar
ISBN: 1-61696-304-2 / 978-1-61696-304-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tachyon Publications
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

October 2018 : USA Audio CD
thumb

Title: Unholy Land
Author(s): Lavie Tidhar
ISBN: 1-982574-85-2 / 978-1-982574-85-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


October 2018 : USA Audio CD
thumb

Title: Unholy Land: Library Edition
Author(s): Lavie Tidhar
ISBN: 1-982574-84-4 / 978-1-982574-84-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


October 2018 : USA MP3 CD
thumb

Title: Unholy Land
Author(s): Lavie Tidhar
ISBN: 1-982574-86-0 / 978-1-982574-86-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


October 2018 : Australia Audio edition
thumb

Title: Unholy Land
Author(s): Lavie Tidhar
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Availability: Amazon AU   


October 2018 : Canada Audio edition
thumb

Title: Unholy Land
Author(s): Lavie Tidhar
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Availability: Amazon CA   


October 2018 : UK Audio edition
thumb

Title: Unholy Land
Author(s): Lavie Tidhar
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

November 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumb

Title: Unholy Land
Author(s): Lavie Tidhar
Publisher: Tachyon Publications
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU