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Infinite City

Utopian Dreams on the Streets of London

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A Waterstones Best Book of 2023

A TLS Best Book of 2023

‘Engaging… The Infinite City bravely challenges those who view London merely “as an infernal maze, as a centre of wealth, power and empire” and highlights instead those who have imagined it as a place of “possibility and experiment”’

TELEGRAPH, **** star review

‘An excellent history of London-based Utopian thought … vigorous, rigorous and eminently readable’

SPECTATOR

‘In a series of vivid depictions of London spanning centuries, Kishtainy brings back to life some of London’s utopian dreamers, including the Diggers, Thomas Spence and the socialist mystic James Pierrepont Greaves, founder of the Ham Common Concordium, an austere utopian spiritual co-operative’

LITERARY REVIEW

‘I was fascinated by every page, every anecdote and every detail’

BEN JUDAH, author of This is London

‘From More’s Utopia to the forlorn hopes for a more equitable post-pandemic society, this is a fresh and fascinating look at utopias in theory and practice, artfully framed as a history of London. Conscientiously researched, yet brimful of memorable anecdotes about man-eating sheep and medieval churches made out of pudding, it impresses upon us the importance of daring to dream — and dream big — for yesterday’s impossibility can be tomorrow’s reality’

MATHEW GREEN, author of Shadowlands

‘Reconstructing some of the many utopian fantasies that London has inspired since the sixteenth century, Niall Kishtainy has written a richly informative, elegantly argued book that introduces us to a series of dreamers who, far from appearing eccentric, seem all too relevant in the twenty-first century. The Infinite City will prompt us to rethink the value of utopia as well as to reconsider our understanding of the metropolis’

MATHEW BEAUMONT, author of Nightwalking

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Detaljer

Forlag
William Collins
Innbinding
Innbundet
Språk
Engelsk
ISBN
9780008325855
Utgivelsesår
2023
Format
24 x 16 cm

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A Waterstones Best Book of 2023

A TLS Best Book of 2023

‘Engaging… The Infinite City bravely challenges those who view London merely “as an infernal maze, as a centre of wealth, power and empire” and highlights instead those who have imagined it as a place of “possibility and experiment”’

TELEGRAPH, **** star review

‘An excellent history of London-based Utopian thought … vigorous, rigorous and eminently readable’

SPECTATOR

‘In a series of vivid depictions of London spanning centuries, Kishtainy brings back to life some of London’s utopian dreamers, including the Diggers, Thomas Spence and the socialist mystic James Pierrepont Greaves, founder of the Ham Common Concordium, an austere utopian spiritual co-operative’

LITERARY REVIEW

‘I was fascinated by every page, every anecdote and every detail’

BEN JUDAH, author of This is London

‘From More’s Utopia to the forlorn hopes for a more equitable post-pandemic society, this is a fresh and fascinating look at utopias in theory and practice, artfully framed as a history of London. Conscientiously researched, yet brimful of memorable anecdotes about man-eating sheep and medieval churches made out of pudding, it impresses upon us the importance of daring to dream — and dream big — for yesterday’s impossibility can be tomorrow’s reality’

MATHEW GREEN, author of Shadowlands

‘Reconstructing some of the many utopian fantasies that London has inspired since the sixteenth century, Niall Kishtainy has written a richly informative, elegantly argued book that introduces us to a series of dreamers who, far from appearing eccentric, seem all too relevant in the twenty-first century. The Infinite City will prompt us to rethink the value of utopia as well as to reconsider our understanding of the metropolis’

MATHEW BEAUMONT, author of Nightwalking

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