I came across the cover art and synopsis of Gene Wolfe’s next novel: The Land Across

Here’s the synopsis:

A novel of the fantastic set in an imagined country in Europe

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.


Sounds like this one is more than your average speculative novel. Despite the “imagined country”, it sounds like this has the potential to be making a political statement.

Book info as per Amazon US [Also available via Amazon UK]:

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition (November 26, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 0765335956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765335951

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