Uncanny detective story

James Turley reviews China Miéville’s The city and the city London 2009, pp312, £17.99

China Miéville is one of the foremost writers in contemporary genre fiction. He is somewhat unique in that, unlike many others, his crossover success has not involved disavowing the generic in favour of the more conventionally ‘literary’ - on the contrary, he is perhaps genre fiction’s most articulate exponent. He is also a member of the Socialist Workers Party, a modestly significant organisation of Trotskyist extraction, and well-versed in Marxist theory.

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