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Michal Ajvaz, The Other City

Michal Ajvaz’s novel of a man’s journeys into a surreal mirror of Prague plays out like an eccentric cousin of China Mieville’s (also excellent) The City & The City. At times, the adventures of Ajvaz’s protagonist have a self-consciously postmodern feel to them — a touch that, in other hands, might feel clunky. Thankfully, these pulp-laced trips into unmapped territory are chronicled by an author with a healthy sense of humor and a fine capacity for mirth.