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See Inside Scientific American Mind Volume 24, Issue 5

On Our Shelf: The City & the City

Books and recommendations from Scientific American MIND
The City & The City



Del Rey

The City & The City
By China Miéville.
Del Rey, 2009

Set in a shadowy world, what looks at first like a hardboiled detective novel ends up being a parable about social mores—their necessity and their evil. I found myself transfixed as Miéville reveals an imagined city’s laws about what residents can see and are forced to “un-see.” When the protagonist looks where he should not, the consequences he faces made me question my assumption that truth should always triumph over illusion.

This article was originally published with the title "On Our Shelf: The City & the City."

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