Lavie Tidhar’s THE VIOLENT CENTURY Published in Japan


Lavie Tidhar‘s critically-acclaimed alternative history/super-hero novel, THE VIOLENT CENTURY is now available in Japanese. Split into two volumes (covers above), the novel is published by Tokyo Sogensha (東京創元社) as 完璧な夏の日.


THE VIOLENT CENTURY is published in the UK by Hodder, as a limited edition by PS Publishing, and will be published next week in the US by Thomas Dunne Books. Here’s the English-language synopsis, followed by the UK and US covers…

For seventy years they guarded the British Empire. Oblivion and Fogg, inseparable friends, bound together by a shared fate. Until one night in Berlin, in the aftermath of the Second World War, and a secret that tore them apart.

But there must always be an account… and the past has a habit of catching up to the present.

Now, recalled to the Retirement Bureau from which no one can retire, Fogg and Oblivion must face up to a past of terrible war and unacknowledged heroism – a life of dusty corridors and secret rooms, of furtive meetings and blood-stained fields – to answer one last, impossible question: What makes a hero?

The novel was recently featured in Library Journal, where it received a starred review: ‘[A] new masterpiece… a tremendous, unforgettable read… This study in heroism, love, revenge and violence will be in demand by lovers of complex, intelligent sf and alternative history. Anyone who enjoys stories of people with supernatural abilities will thrive reading Tidhar’s world.’