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by China Mieville

The City and the City


On the surface a murder mystery but in this tense tale, the investigation crosses the boundaries between two separate worlds. On our own planet there are cities which are deeply divided -Jerusalem or Berlin before the wall came down. Here the two cities actually occupy the same physical space but such is the strength of upbringing and conditioning that people can walk down the same street yet filter out everything that does not ‘belong’ to their world. So, behind the fascinating detective trail is a sophisticated commentary on psychological conditioning, the strength of preconceptions and and the dangers of divisive religions and pollical movements.


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