The Violent Century is officially published today! There’s a review in today’s Metro, saying:
It’s the X-Men as written by John le Carré, a shadowy alternate history in which cynical Cold War compromises are all too real. Agents Fogg and Oblivion investigate a conspiracy dating back 75 years to post-war Berlin.
The British duo haven’t aged since 1932, when hundreds of mutants were created from the sub-atomic wave unleashed by a German scientist. Several years later, warring nations rally the troops with front-line superheroes but some end up as grisly Übermenschen experiments in Auschwitz.
Tidhar’s Jewish heritage enriches his self-aware, tersely styled narrative. A love story and meditation on heroism, this is an elegiac espionage adventure that demands a second reading.
Which is nice!
Sorry all the links are to Amazon, but you can also get it from the Play store, Audible, Waterstones, Forbidden Planet and so on (and there should be signed copies in London at least by next week). In fact, I’ll be signing copies on Monday at the Secret Histories event at Blackwell’s, Charing Cross Road, with Tim Powers and Kate Griffin (sadly the event is sold out).
The signed limited edition, meanwhile, is available for pre-order and will be launched at the World Fantasy Convention in Brighton next week.
THE VIOLENT CENTURY
They’d never meant to be heroes.
For seventy years they guarded the British Empire. Oblivion and Fogg, inseparable friends, bound together by a shared fate. Until one night in Berlin, in the aftermath of the Second World War, and a secret that tore them apart.
But there must always be an account… and the past has a habit of catching up to the present.
Now, recalled to the Retirement Bureau from which no one can retire, Fogg and Oblivion must face up to a past of terrible war and unacknowledged heroism – a life of dusty corridors and secret rooms, of furtive meetings and blood-stained fields – to answer one last, impossible question:
What makes a hero?
The limited edition of The Violent Century is now available for pre-orders. It is limited to just 200 signed copies, with original artwork by Pedro Marques unique to this edition. It will be launched at World Fantasy Convention in Brighton on Friday 1st November. The cover is quite a statement!
The cover has been unveiled:
“A brilliantly etched phantasmagoric reconfiguring of that most sizzling of eras—the twilight 20th.” – James Ellroy
“If Nietzche had written an X-Men storyline whilst high on mescaline, it might have read something like VIOLENT CENTURY.” – Adam Roberts
“An alternative history tour-de-force. Epic, intense and authentic. Lavie Tidhar reboots the 20th century with spies and superheroes battling for mastery – and the results are electric.” – Tom Harper
And a couple of early reviews yesterday:
“Could keep anyone, regardless of the types of stories they regularly enjoy, interested and engaged. Tidhar has created a book that oozes excellence in both characterisation and storytelling.” – The Huffington Post.
“The Violent Century is what you’d get if Cormac McCarthy wrote a mash-up of Watchmen and Casablanca.” – J For Jetpack.
Now available for pre-order from Amazon Japan.
The Tel Aviv Dossier, the weird apocalypse novel I wrote with Nir Yaniv, is now available in a new Kindle edition. The spiffy new cover art is by Sarah Anne Langton. You can get it on Amazon or Amazon UK.
Into the city of Tel Aviv the whirlwinds come, and nothing will ever be the same.
Through a city torn apart by a violence they cannot comprehend, three disparate people—a documentary film-maker, a yeshiva student, and a psychotic fireman—must try to survive, and try to find meaning: even if it means being lost themselves. As Tel Aviv is consumed, a strange mountain rises at the heart of the city, and shows the outline of what may be another, alien world beyond. Can there be redemption there? Can the fevered rumours of a coming messiah be true?
As the city loses contact with the outside world and closes in on itself, as the few surviving children play and scavenge in the ruins, can innocence survive, and is it possible for hope to spring amid such chaos?
A potent mixture of biblical allusions, Lovecraftian echoes, and contemporary culture, The Tel Aviv Dossier is part supernatural thriller, part meditation on the nature of belief—an original and involving novel painted on a vast canvas in which, beneath the despair, humour is never absent.
Experience the last days of Tel Aviv…