Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Unsolving The City

BLDBLOG has an interview with China Miéville in which he talks about the use of architecture in his novels:
For a long time, I couldn’t get the narrative. I had the setting reasonably clear in my head and, then, once I got that, a lot of things followed. For example, I knew that I didn’t want to make it narrowly, allegorically reductive, in any kind of lumpen way. I didn’t want to make one city heavy-handedly Eastern and one Western, or one capitalist and one communist, or any kind of nonsense like that. I wanted to make them both feel combined and uneven and real and full-blooded. I spent a long time working on the cities and trying to make them feel plausible and half-remembered, as if they were uneasily not quite familiar rather than radically strange. 
China is an author whose work has always possessed a startling imagination and insight, and that is reflected in this lengthy and fascinating interview.

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