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  • The Book of Tokyo by Masashi Matsuie
    The Book of Tokyo (English, Paperback) Masashi Matsuie

    The Book of Tokyo collects 10 stories by some of Japan's most exciting contemporary short story writers. Together, the stories form a kind of literary map of the city's ever-changing districts through its fiction. With works of literary fiction, crime, science fiction, and horror, the anthology provides an imaginative tour of the city for short story fans and travelers alike.

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  • The Book of Havana by Orsola Casagrande
    The Book of Havana (English, Paperback) Daniel Chavarria, Francisco Lopez Sacha

    The stories gathered in this anthology reflect the many complex challenges Havana's citizens have had to endure as a result of their country's political isolation?from the hardships of the "Special Period," to the pitfalls of Cuba's schizophrenic currency system, to the indignities of becoming a cheap tourist destination for well-heeled Westerners. Moving through various moments in its recent...

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  • The Book of Birmingham by Kavita Bhanot
    The Book of Birmingham (English, Paperback) Alan Beard, Jendella Benson

    Few cities have undergone such a radical transformation over the last few decades as Birmingham. Culturally and architecturally, it has been in a state of perpetual flux and regeneration, with new communities moving in, then out, and iconic post-war landmarks making way for brighter-coloured, 21st century flourishes. Much like the city itself, the characters in the stories gathered here are often...

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  • The Book of Tehran by Samantha Clark
    The Book of Tehran (English, Paperback) Samantha Clark

    Tehran is Iran's most secular and liberal city. It is a city that is so much more than your usual chaotic maze of concrete and traffic jams thick with air pollution. This is the beating heart of Iran, a creative tour de force and the place to be to get a handle on modern Iran and what its future will likely be.The outside world focuses on extremes in Iran, but what the writers herein set out to...

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  • The Book of Gaza by Atef Abu Saif
    The Book of Gaza (English, Paperback) Atef Abu Saif, Atef Abu Seif

    A collection of short stories offering a glimpse of life in the Gaza Strip.

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  • The Book of Rio by Marcelo Moutinho
    The Book of Rio (English, Paperback) Marcelo Moutinho, Elvira Vigna Lehmann

    This diverse, literary patchwork of Rio de Janeiro contains 10 short stories set in varied quarters of the city drawing on its inhabitants' experiences of recent historical and cultural changes. From Copacabana's thriving LGBT scene in the 1960s where the military dictatorship simultaneously terrorizes and represses politically-minded citizens, to the exhausted labourers constructing the...

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  • The Book of Riga by Becca Parkinson
    The Book of Riga (English, Paperback) Dace Ruksane, Kristine Zelve

    Riga may be over 800 years old as a city, but its status as capital of an independent Latvia is only a century old, with half of that time spent under Soviet rule. Despite this, it has established itself as a vibrant, creative hub, attracting artists, performers, and writers from across the Baltic region. The stories gathered here chronicle this growth and on-going transformation, and offer...

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  • The Book of Khartoum by Ahmed Al-Malik
    The Book of Khartoum (English, Paperback) Ahmed Al-Malik, Bushra Al-Fadil

    Nestled on the confluence of the Blue and White Niles, the city of Khartoum has, for two centuries, been a focal point for both imperialism and rebellion, a breeding ground for revolutionary fervor, begrudging target for international criticism, and a refuge for hundreds of thousands of people displaced by wars conducted from this city. The Book of Khartoum provides an intimate tour of this city...

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  • The Book of Tbilisi by Gvantsa Jobava
    The Book of Tbilisi (English, Paperback) Gvantsa Jobava, Dato Kardava

    Tbilisi is the largest city and capital of Georgia, with a population of more than 1.5 million people. Situated at the boundary between Europe and Asia, this fiercely independent city is home to different ethnic groups and languages, having been fought over by rival empires and powers for centuries. This complex history of foreign dominance and independence struggles, its mixture of orthodox...

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  • The Book of Liverpool by Margaret Murphy
    The Book of Liverpool (English, Paperback) Margaret Murphy, Ramsey Campbell

    Spanning the last five decades of Liverpool's history, the specially commissioned pieces in this collection revel in the story of the city itself?the legendary life and culture that gave the world The Beatles, along with the struggle and tragedy that comes with growth and change in the city's communities. Compiled to coincide with Liverpool being named the European Capital of Culture, these...

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  • The Book of Dhaka by Anwara Syed Haq
    The Book of Dhaka (English, Paperback) Anwara Syed Haq, Moinul Ahsan Saber

    Dhaka is the world's tenth largest city with a population of more than 18 million people. We will bring ten unique short stories from this overwhelming, vibrant, capital city to English-reading audiences in the next installation of our popular "Reading the City" series. Dhaka is the capital city of Bangladesh, which emerged as a nation state in 1971 after a violent struggle for independence from...

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  • The Book of Leeds by Maria Crossan
    The Book of Leeds (English, Paperback) M. Y. Alam, Tony Harrison

    The thoughtful stories featured in this collection capture the soul of the city of Leeds by tracing the unique contours of 50 years of social and economic change. In one story the Millgarth Police Station reverberates with the early adrenaline rush of a case they won't close for years. Another tells of a teenage boy who trails the city center bars of the 1980s in thrall to his hero, a Leeds United...

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  • The Book of Istanbul by Nedim Gursel
    The Book of Istanbul (English, Paperback) Nedim Gursel, Ozen Yula

    Both intelligent and accessible, this collection pulls readers into the heart of Turkish culture, politics, and history through multifarious narrative frameworks. The testimonials, memories, and confessions that weave through the pages not only birth a new concept of Turkish life from previously unsung voices, but also tell universal truths about living to which anyone can relate?regardless of...

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  • The Book of Cairo by Elizabeth Jacquette
    The Book of Cairo (English, Paperback) Elizabeth Jacquette

    A corrupt police officer trawls the streets of Cairo on the most important assignment of his career: the answer to the truth of all existence...A young journalist struggles over the obituary of a nightclub dancer...A man slowly loses his mind in one of the city's new desert developments..There is a saying that, whoever you are, if you come to Cairo you will find a hundred people just like you. For...

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