China Mieville: Embassytown

March 13, 2012

9780345524508Having enjoyed The City and The City very much indeed, I was partly prepared for the challenge. Mieville isn’t the first to have explored the potential difficulty of communicating with an intelligent alien species but this is a conceptual tour-de-force. What I liked most was the way he deftly combined it with a take on the myth of the Fall, his idea being that an ‘innocent’ (?) species was corrupted by contact with humans, but that this may be a good thing… Made me think about the nature of humanity, and what we have gained from being fallen, in the same way that Pullman’s Northern Lights trilogy did.

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One Response to “China Mieville: Embassytown”


  1. […] originality of the plot and the ideas blow you away. I’ve written about another of his novels, Embassytown, here, and he’s definitely on my watch […]

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