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Communion Town : a city in ten chapters

Author: Sam Thompson
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First U.S. editionView all editions and formats
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Each of us conjures our own city, one of many incarnations; a place throbbing with so many layers, meanings, and hidden corners cannot be the same for any two citizens. Communion Town calls to mind David Mitchell's Ghostwritten, Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities, and China Miéville's The City & The City, but is uniquely its own. This incandescent novel maps an imaginary city and explores the lives of its outcasts  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fictional Work
Novels
Fiction
Short stories
Nouvelles
Romans
Romans, nouvelles, etc
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sam Thompson
ISBN: 9781620401651 1620401657 1620401665 9781620401668
OCLC Number: 827256637
Awards: Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize
Description: 279 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Communion Town --
The song of Serelight Fair --
The City Room --
Gallathea --
Good slaughter --
Three translations --
The significant city of Lazarus Glass --
Outside the days --
The rose tree --
A way to leave.
Responsibility: Sam Thompson.

Abstract:

Each of us conjures our own city, one of many incarnations; a place throbbing with so many layers, meanings, and hidden corners cannot be the same for any two citizens. Communion Town calls to mind David Mitchell's Ghostwritten, Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities, and China Miéville's The City & The City, but is uniquely its own. This incandescent novel maps an imaginary city and explores the lives of its outcasts and scapegoats. Each chapter is told from the perspective of a different citizen--defining the city itself as a character, both protagonist and antagonist--and each is told in a different genre, from a hardboiled detective story to steampunk to gothic horror, displaying the great range of Sam Thompson's literary ability. As the novel unfolds in different neighborhoods, we encounter a lovelorn folksinger, a repressed detective, a slaughterhouse worker, a lost tourist, a bon vivant, and a ghost. From their lonely voices we gather the many-faceted story of the city: a place imagined differently by each citizen as he or she searches for connection, transformation, or escape.

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