Imaginary Cities

Imaginary Cities

A Tour of Dream Cities, Nightmare Cities, and Everywhere in Between

Book - 2017
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How can we understand the infinite variety of cities? Darran Anderson seems to exhaust all possibilities in this work of creative nonfiction. Drawing inspiration from Marco Polo and Italo Calvino, Anderson shows that we have much to learn about ourselves by looking not only at the cities we have built, but also at the cities we have imagined. Anderson draws on literature (Gustav Meyrink, Franz Kafka, Jaroslav Hasek, and James Joyce), but he also looks at architectural writings and works by the likes of Bruno Taut and Walter Gropius, Medieval travel memoirs from the Middle East, mid-twentieth-century comic books, Star Trek, mythical lands such as Cockaigne, and the works of Claude Debussy.
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780226470306
022647030X
Characteristics: 570 pages ; 22 cm

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