The Last Days of New Paris

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The Last Days of New Paris (ISBN 978-0-345-54399-8) is a 2016 fantasy novella by China Miéville. The book takes place in an alternate history in which surrealist artists join partisans in Paris to fight Nazi groups. The role of surrealism in history is explored.[1][2]


The main plot follows Thibaut, a Parisian, in an alternate-history 1950 where World War II is still ongoing and Paris is still occupied by Nazis. He joins forces with Sam, a photographer, to fight the occupying Nazis in a landscape dominated by manifs, real-world manifestations of surrealist art.

Interstitial chapters follow an American named Jack Parsons, who visits a group of Marseilles surrealists, including André Breton, in 1941.