Aurorarama (The Mysteries of New Venice Series #1) [NOOK Book]

Overview

A seductive and shockingly inventive literary thriller that entwines suspense, history, the supernatural, adventure, steampunk, and a wicked sense of adventure into an intoxicating new genre.

EPISODE ONE IN AN ASTONISHING NEW SERIES

New Venice--the “pearl of the Arctic”--is a place of ice palaces and pneumatic tubes, of beautifully ornate sled-gondolas and elegant Victorian...
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Aurorarama (The Mysteries of New Venice Series #1)

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Overview

A seductive and shockingly inventive literary thriller that entwines suspense, history, the supernatural, adventure, steampunk, and a wicked sense of adventure into an intoxicating new genre.

EPISODE ONE IN AN ASTONISHING NEW SERIES

New Venice--the “pearl of the Arctic”--is a place of ice palaces and pneumatic tubes, of beautifully ornate sled-gondolas and elegant Victorian garb, of long nights and short days and endless vistas of crystalline ice. But as the city prepares for spring, it feels more like qarrtsiluni-- “the time when something is about to explode in the dark.”

Local “poletics” are wracked by tensions between the city’s security forces--the Subtle Army--and the Eskimos who were there first; by suffragette riots led by an underground music star; and by drug round-ups led by the ruthless secret police force known as the Gentlemen of the Night. 

Meanwhile, a mysterious and ominous black airship hovers over the city like a supernatural threat--is New Venice about to come under assault, or is it another government ploy?

At the root of it all is an anonymous pamphlet calling for revolt, which the Gentlemen suspect was written by one of the city’s most prominent figures, Brentford Orsini. But as they tighten the net around him, Orsini receives a message from a long-lost love that compels him to radical action.
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Editorial Reviews

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" ... the novel glides on silver skates from the surreal to the absurd to the languorously decadent ... Irresistible." —Laura Miller, Salon

"Combining Arctic adventure with Victorian fantasy, this page-turner is as sparkling and colorful as the northern lights."—The San Francisco Chronicle

"Aurorarama
 is a magnificent achievement, balancing serious intent with arch humour. It's also beautifully stylish, replete with inventive steampunk iconography and fantastical characters in a stunning polar setting." —Eric Brown, The Guardian

"Aurorarama mesmerizes..."     —Erik Morse, Bookforum

"Aurorarama is perhaps what Jules Verne would write if woken from the dead and offered a dose of mushrooms." The National

"[Aurorarama] entrances and delights. You could spend years picking apart the sly references and the particular myths, poems, novels and songs that inspired Valtat, or you can simply enjoy it for the experience. Valtat is making his American debut in a big way...with his remarkable enthusiasm and bravery, it's completely possible he'll conquer the world." —Jessa CrispinNPR's "Books We Like"

"Marvelous, perfect, and perfectly marvelous!... [Aurorarama] promises to attract discerning and sophisticated readers galore, those fans of the fantastical who are tired of second-hand visions and stale conceits....Valtat's novel is Little Nemo in Slumberland as retold by a trio of Jeff Noon, Steve Aylett and William Burroughs. I can hardly wait for its sequels." —Paul Di Filippo, The Barnes and Noble Review

"The prose is gorgeous, undeniably so..". —The San Francisco Book Review

"A terrific storyteller, Valtat mixes humor and poetry, romance and politics into a surprisingly thoughtful page-turner about social revolution." —Matthew Jakubowski, Paste Magazine

"Mr. Valtat may have written the most noteworthy contribution to steampunk in almost two decades.... Aurorarama rejuvenates an entire subgenre, adding creativity and accuracy (historical and, more importantly, tonal) to a field that risks being defined solely by corsets and airships. Beyond its importance in legitimizing steampunk, Aurorarama is a sparkling read - breathing, human characters wandering amok in one of the most captivating cities in fiction." —Pornokitsch

"Aurorarama is at turns smart, funny ... thought-provoking, dark and bizarre" —Geek Speak Magazine

Praise for Jean-Christophe Valtat

"[Valtat] has a magical sense of shape, and a gift for lyrical prose that are rare in modern writing." La Croix

"Jean-Christophe Valtat is a writer of beautiful energy."—Le Monde

"A totally satisfying literary experience, and I don’t want you to miss it." —Kate G., bookseller at The Strand

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935554882
  • Publisher: Melville House Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/31/2010
  • Series: Mysteries of New Venice Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 183,722
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Jean-Christophe Valtat was educated at the École Normale Supérieure and the Sorbonne. He is the author of three acclaimed books of literary fiction: Album, a collection of short stories, and the novels Exes and O3, the last of which was recently translated into English and published in the United States by Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. Aurorarama is his first book written in English. Valtat also wrote and co-directed the movie, Augustine. He lives in Paris.
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