The Land Across

The Land Across

Book - 2013
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"An American writer of travel guides in need of a new location chooses to travel to a small and obscure Eastern European country. The moment Grafton crosses the border he is in trouble, much more than he could have imagined. His passport is taken by guards, and then he is detained for not having it. He is released into the custody of a family, but is again detained. It becomes evident that there are supernatural agencies at work, but they are not in some ways as threatening as the brute forces of bureaucracy and corruption in that country. Is our hero in fact a spy for the CIA? Or is he an innocent citizen caught in a Kafkaesque trap? Gene Wolfe keeps us guessing until the very end, and after"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Tor Books, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780765335951
0765335956
Branch Call Number: Fiction Wolfe
Characteristics: 286 pages ; 25 cm

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SCL_Justin Aug 10, 2017

The Land Across by Gene Wolfe. This one is about an American travel writer going to a strange European dictatorship. It feels like it’s going to be a Kafka pastiche but then it turns into a ghost story and noir secret police detective tale. It’s very weird and I really liked it. I like Mieville's The City & the City better, mind you, but not by much.

Diell Apr 09, 2014

I read some Gene Wolfe in the early 70s and 1 or 2 stories in the 80s. Saw this and out of sheer curiosity I grabbed it. It didn't grab me. Couldn't get into it, didn't finish it, can't articulate why. But I'm going to revisit Stories From The Old Hotel. So ignore my rating cause really it's unfair of me, I only went so far and gave up. I tried to recant, tried to erase it, but program wouldn't comply.(ghost in the machine?)..........................................Hi I'm back. So maybe it wasn't me, maybe it was the book. I should've read the other comments. T2stoy toughed it out and came to the conclusion that I was only beginning to suspect. But T2stoy you're right he does have quite a following and I seem to remember reading somewhere he's a science fiction writers writer, so if you like Sci/Fan fiction you might want to cruise comments on his other books and some summaries and reviews, I have a feeling this might be a bit of a departure for him, though it's been quite a while since I've read him, I probably can't be relied on. Be interesting to know what Gene Wolfe fans thought about this book.

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Mar 26, 2014

The Land Across was disappointing. I chose it from the shelf when I was browsing because of a glowing review from Neil Gaiman and the fact that the author, Gene Wolfe, had won a slew of awards for science fiction. So I was expecting time travel or aliens, but there was nothing of the sort. There was a ghost or two, some voodoo, and hidden treasure. I suppose that sounds enticing and maybe that is why I kept reading until the end. It turned out to be rather boring and far too unrealistic when it came to the behavior of the main character. It never really drew me in, but I kept hoping that it would get better. It didn't. And the ending was the worst. Ridiculously unbelievable. I don't know why I finished it. Waste of time.

ChristchurchLib Jan 21, 2014

"Seeking uncharted territory, adventurous American travel writer Grafton decides to write a guidebook on a small, unnamed Balkan nation that's hard to find, harder to enter, and hardest of all to escape. Detained shortly after arrival for not having his passport (and not having a passport because it was confiscated by the authorities), Grafton becomes a prisoner, a political pawn, and the unwitting plaything of supernatural forces. Atmospheric and intricately plotted, The Land Across "evokes Kafka, Bradbury, and The Twilight Zone," says Publishers Weekly." Fantasy January 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/e88314ee-6fa8-4404-a4ca-a4434322a503?postId=6ada4461-b345-4148-b15d-3f13e91854b6

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