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- DescriptionItalo Calvi rewrites Baudrillard's America with a more global eye, as edited by Roland Barthes. Were I an architect-deity, I would create an Escheresque subway system, linking all the cities in the world. The tunnels themselves, and the people decanted from one place to the other, would eventually create an Ecumepolis: a single and continuous city, enlaced and endless. Were this the case I could get on the F train at Delancey Street, Manhattan, and - after a couple of changes mid-town - emerge in the night-markets of Taipei, or near the Roman baths of Budapest. Or perhaps even downtown Urville. In Divisible Cities takes Italo Calvi's classic re-imagining of Venice, viewed in the mind's eye from many different metaphysical angles, and projects it on to the world at large. Where the Italian saw his favorite city as an impossible metropolis of many moods, shades, and ways of being, this unauthorized sequel unpacks the Escheresque streets in unexpected directions. In Divisible Cities is thus an exercise in cartographic origami: the reflective and poetic result of the narrator's desire to map hidden cities, secret cities, imaginary cities, impossible cities, and overlapping cities, existing beneath the familiar Atlas of everyday perception. Stitching these different places and spaces together is a double helix or Siamese seduction between the traveler and his romantic shadow, revealing - step by step - a clandestine itinerary of hidden affinities, nestled within the habitual rhythm of things.
- Author BiographyDominic Pettman teaches Culture & Media at the New School in New York City. He has held previous positions at the University of Melbourne, the University of Geneva, and the University of Amsterdam. Topics which inspire him include techno-poetic fancies, unexpected libidinal economies, inter-species epiphanies, and transnational culinary possibilities. He is the co-author of Avoiding the Subject: Media, Culture and the Object (AUP, 2004), and the sole author of After the Orgy: Toward a Politics of Exhaustion (SUNY, 2002), Love and Other Technologies: Retrofitting Eros for the Information Age (Fordham, 2006), Human Error: Species-Being and Media Machines (Minnesota, 2011), and Look at the Bunny: Totem, Taboo, Technology (Zero Books, 2013).
- Author(s)Dominic Pettman
- PublisherPunctum Books
- Date of Publication26/08/2013
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPunctum Books
- Out-of-print date01/06/2017
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight172 g
- Width127 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine9 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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