Invisible Cities

Invisible Cities Author Italo Calvino
ISBN-10 9780544133204
Year 2013-08-12
Pages 176
Language en
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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“Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.” — from Invisible Cities In a garden sit the aged Kublai Khan and the young Marco Polo — Mongol emperor and Venetian traveler. Kublai Khan has sensed the end of his empire coming soon. Marco Polo diverts his host with stories of the cities he has seen in his travels around the empire: cities and memory, cities and desire, cities and designs, cities and the dead, cities and the sky, trading cities, hidden cities. As Marco Polo unspools his tales, the emperor detects these fantastic places are more than they appear. “Invisible Cities changed the way we read and what is possible in the balance between poetry and prose . . . The book I would choose as pillow and plate, alone on a desert island.” — Jeanette Winterson

Invisible Cities

Invisible Cities Author Italo Calvino
ISBN-10 9781446414279
Year 2010-12-14
Pages 160
Language en
Publisher Random House
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In Invisible Cities Marco Polo conjures up cities of magical times for his host, the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan, but gradually it becomes clear that he is actually describing one city: Venice. As Gore Vidal wrote 'Of all tasks, describing the contents of a book is the most difficult and in the case of a marvellous invention like Invisible Cities, perfectly irrelevant.'

Invisible Cities

Invisible Cities Author Italo Calvino
ISBN-10 9780099429838
Year 1997
Pages 165
Language en
Publisher Random House
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In Invisible Cities Marco Polo conjures up cities of magical times for his host, the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan, but gradually it becomes clear that he is actually describing one city: Venice. As Gore Vidal wrote 'Of all tasks, describing the contents of a book is the most difficult and in the case of a marvellous invention like Invisible Cities, perfectly irrelevant.'

Invisible City

Invisible City Author Julia Dahl
ISBN-10 9781466841918
Year 2014-05-06
Pages 304
Language en
Publisher Minotaur Books
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A finalist for the Edgar and Mary Higgins Clark Awards, in her riveting debut Invisible City, journalist Julia Dahl introduces a compelling new character in search of the truth about a murder and an understanding of her own heritage. Just months after Rebekah Roberts was born, her mother, an Hasidic Jew from Brooklyn, abandoned her Christian boyfriend and newborn baby to return to her religion. Neither Rebekah nor her father have heard from her since. Now a recent college graduate, Rebekah has moved to New York City to follow her dream of becoming a big-city reporter. But she's also drawn to the idea of being closer to her mother, who might still be living in the Hasidic community in Brooklyn. Then Rebekah is called to cover the story of a murdered Hasidic woman. Rebekah's shocked to learn that, because of the NYPD's habit of kowtowing to the powerful ultra-Orthodox community, not only will the woman be buried without an autopsy, her killer may get away with murder. Rebekah can't let the story end there. But getting to the truth won't be easy—even as she immerses herself in the cloistered world where her mother grew up, it's clear that she's not welcome, and everyone she meets has a secret to keep from an outsider.

Plato s Invisible Cities

Plato s Invisible Cities Author Adi Ophir
ISBN-10 9781134959730
Year 2002-09-10
Pages 224
Language en
Publisher Routledge
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This book offers an original and detailed reading of Plato's Republic, one of the most influential philosophical works in the emergence of Western philosophy. The author discusses the Republic in terms of discursive events and political acts. Plato's act is placed in the context of a politico-discursive crisis in Athens at the end of the fifth and the beginning of the fourth century B.C that gave rise to the dialogue's primary question, that of justice. The originality of Dr. Ophir lies in the way he reconstructs the Republic's different spatial settings - utopian, mythical, dramatic and discursive - using them as the main thread of his interpretation. Against the background of Plato's critique of the organisation of civic-space in the Greek polis, the author relates the spatial settings in the Plato text to each other. This provides a basis for a re-examination of the relationship between philosophy and politics, which Plato's work advocates, and which it actually enacted.

Invisible Cities

Invisible Cities Author David Shattuck
ISBN-10 1625490461
Year 2013-09
Pages 94
Language en
Publisher Wordtech Communications
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INVISIBLE CITIES by David Shattuck attempts to chart the paths back into memory where connections are forged and lost in the backdrop of abandoned cities, past lives, and what Loren Eiseley called the "wild, impassible places" found in nature. The Invisible City is the one we build in our minds with memories and parts dreamed up to fill in the gaps where memory fails. It's where we first lived alone, first faced death, found love and lost it, and grew immeasurably into ourselves. "David Shattuck's INVISIBLE CITIES is a beautiful collection of poems, brimming with heartache and solace, lyricism and longing, wrenching desolations and the true comforts of the physical life. Drunk and drowsy by the shore, he writes, 'I am ready for anything: / like a fawn still wet / from his mother, stumbling / for the first time, / stunned at the insistence of air.' Here is a poet in the world's-grace-seeking vein of Jim Harrison, Richard Hugo, and Theodore Roethke. I have been waiting for a collection such as this from someone of Shattuck's generation for a long time."-Jonathan Johnson "'How wide the world had seemed, / how easy the surrender into it, ' David Shattuck writes in INVISIBLE CITIES. This surrender yields a book of departures but also returns, and unreels haunting portraits of people displaced between places both new and familiar to them-the cities they regret, the wild mountains and islands of pine, the rivers full of stubborn fish and drowned souls. But out of this restlessness, Shattuck forges moments of consolation, too, transmuting regret, turning exile into a kind of boon. 'And because I have nowhere / to go and no one expects me, ' he writes, 'I am the earth's / most fortunate son.' We, too, are fortunate to receive this striking and confident debut."-Corey Marks "David Shattuck's remarkable collection contrasts the richness of the inner life with the isolate journeys of consciousness through a coldly objective world that spares no one its vivid perplexities. In a language often reminiscent of the late James Wright, Shattuck's poems confront primary mortal facts: we don't know who we are, neither blessing nor suffering will stay, our separateness (fully admitted and lived) offers us our most profound experience of community. This is an important, first rate first book."-Christopher Howell

Summer in the Invisible City

Summer in the Invisible City Author Juliana Romano
ISBN-10 9780698168831
Year 2016-06-21
Pages 320
Language en
Publisher Penguin
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Perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Sarah Dessen, a sparkling coming-of-age story about self-discovery, first love, and the true meaning of family Seventeen-year-old Sadie Bell has this summer all figured out: She’s going to befriend the cool girls at her school. She's going to bond with her absentee father, a famous artist, and impress him with her photography skills. And she’s finally going to get over Noah, the swoony older guy who was her very first mistake. Sadie wasn’t counting on meeting Sam, a funny and free-thinking boy who makes her question all of her goals. But even after a summer of talking, touching, and sharing secrets, Sam says he just wants to be friends. And when those Sadie cares about most hurt her, Sam's friendship may not be enough. Sadie can see the world through her camera, but can she see the people who have loved and supported her all along? Set against a glamorous New York City backdrop, this coming-of-age romance is a gorgeous summer read—one whose characters will stay with you long into the fall. From the Hardcover edition.

Imaginary Cities

Imaginary Cities Author Darran Anderson
ISBN-10 9780226470306
Year 2017-04-06
Pages 572
Language en
Publisher University of Chicago Press
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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. Anderson sees the visionary architecture dreamed up by architects, artists, philosophers, writers, and citizens as wedded to the egalitarian sense that cities are for everyone. He proves that we must not be locked into the structures that exclude ordinary citizens--that cities evolve and that we can have input. As he says: "If a city can be imagined into being, it can be re-imagined as well."

Invisible City

Invisible City Author Rakhshanda Jalil
ISBN-10 8189738771
Year 2013-02-16
Pages 342
Language en
Publisher
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A book about Delhi's secret and seldom-visited monuments.

Invisible City

Invisible City Author John I. Gilderbloom
ISBN-10 0292778929
Year 2009-02-17
Pages 281
Language en
Publisher University of Texas Press
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A legendary figure in the realms of public policy and academia, John Gilderbloom is one of the foremost urban-planning researchers of our time, producing groundbreaking studies on housing markets, design, location, regulation, financing, and community building. Now, in Invisible City, he turns his eye to fundamental questions regarding housing for the elderly, the disabled, and the poor. Why is it that some locales can offer affordable, accessible, and attractive housing, while the large majority of cities fail to do so? Invisible City calls for a brave new housing paradigm that makes the needs of marginalized populations visible to policy makers. Drawing on fascinating case studies in Houston, Louisville, and New Orleans, and analyzing census information as well as policy reports, Gilderbloom offers a comprehensive, engaging, and optimistic theory of how housing can be remade with a progressive vision. While many contemporary urban scholars have failed to capture the dynamics of what is happening in our cities, Gilderbloom presents a new vision of shelter as a force that shapes all residents.

Unseen City

Unseen City Author Nathanael Johnson
ISBN-10 9781623363864
Year 2016-04-05
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher Rodale
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It all started with Nathanael Johnson's decision to teach his daughter the name of every tree they passed on their walk to day care in San Francisco. This project turned into a quest to discover the secrets of the neighborhood's flora and fauna, and yielded more than names and trivia: Johnson developed a relationship with his nonhuman neighbors. Johnson argues that learning to see the world afresh, like a child, shifts the way we think about nature: Instead of something distant and abstract, nature becomes real--all at once comical, annoying, and beautiful. This shift can add tremendous value to our lives, and it might just be the first step in saving the world. No matter where we live--city, country, oceanside, ormountains--there are wonders that we walk past every day. Unseen City widens the pinhole of our perspective by allowing us to view the world from the high-altitude eyes of a turkey vulture and the distinctly low-altitude eyes of a snail. The narrative allows us to eavesdrop on the comically frenetic life of a squirrel and peer deep into the past with a ginkgo biloba tree. Each of these organisms has something unique to tell us about our neighborhoods and, chapter by chapter, Unseen City takes us on a journey that is part nature lesson and part love letter to the world's urban jungles. With the right perspective, a walk to the subway can be every bit as entrancing as a walk through a national park.