THE VIOLENT CENTURY
The brand new novel from the winner of the 2013 World Fantasy Award. A gripping and intensely atmospheric novel, a mystery and a love story; a sweeping drama of a time we know all too well - a century of fear, war, hatred, and death. How might history have unfolded, if everyday heroes could have become uebermenschen?
The brand new novel from the winner of the 2013 World Fantasy Award. A gripping and intensely atmospheric novel, THE VIOLENT CENTURY is Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy meets Watchmen. It is a mystery and a love story; a sweeping drama of a time we know all too well a century of fear, war, hatred, and death. How might history have unfolded, if everyday heroes could have become uebermenschen?
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?
Lavie Tidhar is a prolific writer of short stories, novellas, novels, and comics. His novel OSAMA won the 2012 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, and GOREL & THE POT-BELLIED GOD won the 2012 British Fantasy Award. He has also been nominatied for the Campbell Award, the Sturgeon Award, the Sidewise Award, Israel's Geffen Award. Among Lavie's novels are The Bookman Histories trilogy of historical fantasy novels, and MARTIAN SANDS. His work has been translated into ten languages.
"He is a political writer, an iconoclast and sometimes a provocateur ... OSAMA is a remarkable and ambitious work." China Mieville
"Bears comparison with the best of Philip K Dick's paranoid, alternate-history fantasies. It's beautifully written and undeniably powerful." Financial Times
"Feels more like early Kurt Vonnegut both writers seem to channel the same prankster glee that covers deep despair. MARTIAN SANDS crackles with energy and life while poking at some big questions about the nature of reality." Locus
"... fascinating and hypnotic the writing is beautiful." Jeff VanderMeer