A Chinese Poet in Auckland
Author: Lian Yang
Category: Literary Criticism
The essays and poetry of renowned Chinese poet Yang Lian are published in English for the first time in this scholarly collection. A selection of Lian's poems, written during his first four years in New Zealand, are offered, as are essays which provide a startlingly fresh perspective on the experience of living in Auckland. These fascinating and moving texts are accompanied by comments that further elucidate the context of Lian's works in New Zealand, Chinese, and world literature.
Las Vegas, Black Mesa, and the Fate of the West
Author: Judith Nies
Publisher: Hachette UK
An epic struggle over land, water, and power is erupting in the American West and the halls of Washington, DC. It began when a 4,000-square-mile area of Arizona desert called Black Mesa was divided between the Hopi and Navajo tribes. To the outside world, it was a land struggle between two fractious Indian tribes; to political insiders and energy corporations, it was a divide-and-conquer play for the 21 billion tons of coal beneath Black Mesa. Today, that coal powers cheap electricity for Los Angeles, a new water aqueduct into Phoenix, and the neon dazzle of Las Vegas. Journalist and historian Judith Nies has been tracking this story for nearly four decades. She follows the money and tells us the true story of wealth and water, mendacity, and corruption at the highest levels of business and government. Amid the backdrop of the breathtaking desert landscape, Unreal City shows five cultures colliding—Hopi, Navajo, global energy corporations, Mormons, and US government agencies—resulting in a battle over resources and the future of the West. Las Vegas may attract 39 million visitors a year, but the tourists mesmerized by the dancing water fountains at the Bellagio don't ask where the water comes from. They don't see a city with the nation's highest rates of foreclosure, unemployment, and suicide. They don't see the astonishing drop in the water level of Lake Mead—where Sin City gets 90 percent of its water supply. Nies shows how the struggle over Black Mesa lands is an example of a global phenomenon in which giant transnational corporations have the power to separate indigenous people from their energy-rich lands with the help of host governments. Unreal City explores how and why resources have been taken from native lands, what it means in an era of climate change, and why, in this city divorced from nature, the only thing more powerful than money is water.
Searching for Spiritual Significance in Nineteenth-Century London
Author: K. Smith
Dickens's London often acts as a complex symbol, composed of numerous sub-symbols, such as crowd, river, railway networks and police systems. This book is particularly interested in how Dickens's treatment of the city allows him to re-examine traditional Christian discourses on the issues of revelation, renunciation and regeneration.
Author: Robert Liddell
Publisher: Peter Owen Limited
Robert Liddell produced during his lifetime a distinguished list of novels and critical works. With the recent reissue of his Oxford novel, The Last Enchantments, and the autobiographical Stepsons and The Aunts, Liddell's reputation has risen to place him in the front rank of twentieth-century English writers. Unreal City sits easily amongst Liddell's best novels. It describes the Alexandrian poet Cavafy at the end of his life. The story is told through the eyes of Charles, a timid and withdrawn Englishman who finds himself in Caesarea (Alexandria) during the last year of the Second World War, and whose friendships with two remarkable people open his eyes to the mysteries of the Unreal City.
Author: D.J. Bryant
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Category: Comics & Graphic Novels
Unreal City contains five highly charged stories about relationships: “Echoes into Eternity,” “Evelyn Dalton-Hoyt,” “Emordana,” “The Yellowknife Retrospective,” and “Objet d’Art.” The stories address gender, narcissism, marriage, subjectivity, objectification, and the thin line that divides love from hate. Bryant’s characters sometimes feel like they are navigating their way through the darkness in an attempt to make sense of love, sex, art, and life. Existential and elliptical, the stories play beautifully against Bryant’s precise and fully-realized artwork, which echoes such masters as Jaime Hernandez and Daniel Clowes. In Unreal City, characters cannot walk into a room without their world turning inside out. Readers will be similarly upended by the discovery of this major new talent.
Author: Michael Smith
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Strolling through this wide sweep, gazing across the fleet of trains bound for Paris or Brussels, the powder blue steel vaulting soaring above them, the inside of a giant whale's ribcage, a hymn to the infrastructure of our hyper-connected age; like Jonah swallowed up by it all, by the hum of the giant extractor fans, the deep hum at the heart of it all - back here, home again, lost in London... With a property portfolio consisting of a beach hut in Essex, and a career as evanescent as it is unprofitable, the narrator of Lost in London is a flaneur fallen on hard times, a creative bewildered by the slick speed of the digital age, watching as the sculptors and painters and bon viveurs begin to slip away and the advertising hipsters take over old stomping grounds. From the nights in old Soho, where an anonymous green door was the gateway to a decadently dingy paradise, to the days amid the shabby post-industrial elegance of Hackney's canalside warehouses, this is a nostalgic love song to the drifters, the artists, the glamorous misfits, the degenerate waifs and the barmaid-enchantresses of the capital's backstreets and shadowy corners. 'A masterpiece of gutter romanticism.' Tatler on The Giro Playboy
Author: Tony Hanania
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Born into one of the feudal families of the Lebanon mountains and educated in the west, the anonymous narrator returns to ruins, haunted by memories of his country's fractured past, to search for the mistress who betrayed him in his youth. He seeks final redemption in the cult of Shia Islam.
True Fictions from an Unreal City
Author: Iain Sinclair
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Iain Sinclair has been documenting the peculiar magic of the river-city that absorbs and obsesses him for most of his adult life. In The Last London, he strikes out on a series of solitary walks and collaborative expeditions to make a final reckoning with a capital stretched beyond recognition. Here is a mesmerising record of secret scholars and whispering ghosts. Of disturbing encounters. Night hospitals. Pits that become cameras. Mole Man labyrinths. And privileged swimming pools, up in clouds, patrolled by surveillance helicopters. Where now are the myths, the ultimate fictions of a many times revised city? Travelling from the pinnacle of the Shard to the outer limits of the London Overground system at Croydon and Barking, from the Thames Estuary to the future ruins of Olympicopolis, Sinclair reflects on where London begins and where it ends. A memoir, a critique and a love letter, The Last London stands as a delirious conclusion to a truly epic project.
Author: A. R. Meyering
Sarah Wilkes is desperate enough to do anything, even make a deal with the devil-or in her case, a familiar spirit. After her twin Lea is murdered, Sarah finds college life impossible and longs to escape. Everything changes when Sarah realizes a familiar spirit is stalking her and offers to transport her to the terrifying and fantastical realm of Unreal City. The payment for admission? A taste of her blood. Unable to resist, Sarah is drawn into an alternate reality that is a dream come true...at first. The deeper she explores Unreal City, the more Sarah's reality becomes warped. Death surrounds her as people are murdered in the same fashion as her sister. She has no choice but to continue her visits to Unreal City, which grows darker by the day. Is finding out the truth worth becoming part of Unreal City forever?
Perversity and Upheaval in the Unreal City
Author: Joseph Lamperez,Ali McGhee
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Category: Social Science
Sign of sublime excess and transgression, guardian of the threshold and uncanny creature par excellence, the monster of late has also become a mainstay of urban narratives – even while its presence in these texts remains untheorized. The authors in this collection show how artists and writers across the past two hundred years, from William Wordsworth to China Miéville, figure the monster as a barometer of changing urban patterns. Here, monstrosity becomes the herald of embryonic social forms and marginalized populations in portrayals of cities across media – from video games, film and avant-garde sonic experiments to written tales of urban fantasy and gothic ruin. This volume suggests that poetic and municipal structures evolve in tandem. Within its chapters, unearthly buildings and beings signal a host of new urban dispensations.