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Books that merged cities with the story

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |

Published: May 25, 2020 6:35:55 pm


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We are living in strange times, restricted to the four walls of our homes as the cities we live in undergo changes, unnoticed by us. Literature has always given space to cities, making them the protagonist and the backdrop. But there have been some novels which have gone one step ahead: they blended the spirit and character of the city with their story till they couldn’t be told apart.

Here are some examples. Read or revisit them and perceive your own city in a new way in the limitless expanse of your imagination.

Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me

Told through his prose and snapshots, Insomniac City looks at the New York appears at night, the picture replete dimly-lit windows, grieving partners and love. (Source: Amazon.in)

Bill Hayes’ affecting chronicling of his partner of many years, Oliver Sacks, also serves as the perfect love story to New York, seeped in longing, loneliness and isolation. Told through his prose and snapshots, Insomniac City looks at how New York appears at night, replete with dimly-lit windows, grieving partners and love.

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