0345524497 2011. First edition. 345 pages. Signed by Mieville. Black boards with red gilt titling. Boards fine aside from slight bump to spine head. Binding sound. Dust jacket covered in archival Mylar, fine. Interior bright, unmarked. Bookseller Inventory # BBS-2004382
Synopsis: China Miéville doesn’t follow trends, he sets them. Relentlessly pushing his own boundaries as a writer—and in the process expanding the boundaries of the entire field—with Embassytown, Miéville has crafted an extraordinary novel that is not only a moving personal drama but a gripping adventure of alien contact and war.
In the far future, humans have colonized a distant planet, home to the enigmatic Ariekei, sentient beings famed for a language unique in the universe, one that only a few altered human ambassadors can speak.
Avice Benner Cho, a human colonist, has returned to Embassytown after years of deep-space adventure. She cannot speak the Ariekei tongue, but she is an indelible part of it, having long ago been made a figure of speech, a living simile in their language.
When distant political machinations deliver a new ambassador to Arieka, the fragile equilibrium between humans and aliens is violently upset. Catastrophe looms, and Avice is torn between competing loyalties—to a husband she no longer loves, to a system she no longer trusts, and to her place in a language she cannot speak yet speaks through her.
From the Inside Flap: Welcome to Arieka, the distant, densely imagined planet that serves as principal setting for China Mieville's extraordinary new novel, Embassytown.Immerser Avice Benner Cho has returned to her childhood home, from her adventures in the Out. Her world is as mysterious, complex, and exotic as any you will ever encounter. It is a world in which humans and “exots” co-exist with the indigenous, enigmatic Ariekei—otherwise known as Hosts. That relationship, which is mediated by a group of unique linguists, the Ambassadors, has proceeded in relative tranquility for many years. Then one day a new, utterly unexpected Ambassador arrives... Embassytown is a novel about diplomacy and conflict in a vividly created alien society. It is also, most centrally, a meditation on the power and infinitely varied possibilities of language itself. The result is an intellectual adventure of the highest order, a distinguished addition to an imposing—and constantly surprising—body of work.
Publisher: Del Rey
Publication Date: 2011
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
Book Description Del Rey, 2011. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. One page in the middle of the text block appears to have been bent in at the edge. Otherwise Fine copy. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 000715
Book Description Del Rey. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. 0345524497 Signed American first edition, first printing. Signed on the title page by author. Contains number line 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10. Virtually no wear to jacket. Jacket is NOT price clipped. Covers are clean and bright. Edges are sharp. No tears or creases. The book itself is in Near Fine condition. The binding is straight and tight. NO remainder mark. Seller Inventory # SKU1012034
Book Description Ballantine Books, New York, 2011. Hardcover. Condition: Fine in Fine DJ. First edition. 345 pp., 8vo. Hardcover in dj. First edition. Signed by author. "When distant political machinations deliver a new ambassador to Arieka, the fragile equilibrium between humans & aliens is violently upset." Boards fine. Binding tight. Textblock clean & crisp. Faint shelfwear to dj. Seller Inventory # 160494
Book Description NY, Del Rey, 2011. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. SIGNED BY CHINA MIEVILLE on the title page, This is a First Printing of the First American Edition. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # SF1570
Book Description Ballantine, 2011. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition.... New York: Ballantine . First edition. First printing. Hardbound. New/New. SIGNED BY AUTHOR on title page. A pristine unread copy, in acid-free mylar dust jacket protector, very fine/very fine in all respects. Smoke-free. Defect-free. Shipped in well-padded sturdy boxes. Opened only for author to sign (his name only, without inscription). Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 05-20110-316
Book Description Ballantine Books, New York, New York, 2011. Hard Cover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First American Edition/First Printing. This copy of "Embassytown" has been SIGNED by China Mieville on the title page from his appearance at the Free Library of Philadelphia on May 16, 2017. China Mieville doesn't follow trends: He sets them, relentlessly pushing his own boundaries as a writer - and in the process expanding the boundaries of the entire field. Here, Mieville has crafted an extraordinary novel that is not only a moving personal drama but a gripping adventure of alien contact and war. Signed by Author. Seller Inventory # 8295