Aurorarama - Jean-Christophe Valtat

Aurorarama by Jean-Christophe Valtat is a weird book. Not in the playground taunt sense of the word, but according to the strict dictionary definition sense: Aurorarama is magical, spooky, otherworldly. The city Valtat creates, New Venice (“The Pearl of the Arctic”) is at once archaic (dog sleds, gas lamps) and utterly modern (political turmoil, drugs), and its denizens are absolutely sui generis. The novel creates a world that is completely realized, beautiful, ornate and treacherous. I picked up the book knowing very little about it and found myself quickly and happily immersed in Valtat’s world. If you are in the mood for a sophisticated literary adventure then wrap yourself in furs, hop on a sled and enjoy.