- un- + see (Wiktionary)
“The City & amp The City is set in the peculiar circumstances of Besźel and Ul Qoma, two cities in an unidentified part of Eastern Europe, which spatially overlap but whose inhabitants have been socially conditioned to "unsee" each other (and each other's buildings, road vehicles, etc), or face unspeakable consequences.”
“Besides that, it is a straight work-through of the implications: what if two cities could co-exist in a shared space, such that people walking in their own city must "unsee" the other city that they are also walking through?”
“First the setup of a modern world with all cultural references - Internet, cell phones, Cold War, Harry Potter, Power Rangers, usual countries and cities - except the superposed dual city whose citizens "unsee" each other except when officially visiting and with an all powerful Breach that keeps the order - is barely credible from the start and only the talent of Mr. Mieville keeps it from being utterly preposterous.”
“The 36-year-old British writer is the author of the new novel "The City & The City," a murder mystery set in two cities, Ul Qoma and Beszel, one rich and one poor, where residents have been trained to "unsee" each other in order to coexist.”
“Notice as you look around you, that you can't "unsee" objects.”
“European noir overtones is set in a pair of overlapping city states whose citizens - for political reasons - must learn to "unsee" one other, what label would you apply?”
“The website only has a 25 second clip but, I tell you, it's 25 seconds of your life you will never, as they put it, "unsee".”
“Inhabitants of one city-state must "unsee" any person, automobile, etc., that is part of the other city-state.”
“I wouldn't have to pour hot sauce and oxi-clean on my eyes to try and "unsee" ***** anymore.”
“The citizens of Beszel and Ul Qoma are trained from birth to "unsee" each other, so they go around ignoring one another even if they are very close physically, while in the crosshatch areas, they dodge one another "unseeingly"; this of course can and does lead to accidents and even "breaches", but then then terrifying super secret organization appropriately called Breach intervenes and the offending parties are whisked away not to be seen again if locals, or deported if visitors.”
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