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'The most important and most ordinary city miracle is its capacity to transform the greenhorn into just another face in the crowd. He will learn the language, make his way, become a citizen. The very hay-chewing oddity of his appearance at the outset is a tribute to the city's power to change us all...' Jonathan Raban, Soft City. Explore the transformative power of the city in our selection of urban fiction.

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Vanity Fair
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William Makepeace Thackeray; John...
 
No one is better equipped in the struggle for wealth and worldly success than the alluring and ruthless Becky Sharp, who defies her impoverished background to clamber up the class...
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The Jungle
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Upton Sinclair; Eric Schlosser; ...
 
Presents a story that exposes the brutal conditions in the Chicago stockyards at the turn of the nineteenth century. This work also brings into moral focus the apalling odds against...
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A Fine Balance
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Rohinton Mistry
Set in mid-1970s India, a subtle and compelling narrative about four unlikely characters who come together in circumstances no one could have foreseen soon after the government declares a 'State...
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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier ...
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Michael Chabon
Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 'The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay' is a heart-wrenching story of escape, love and comic-book heroes set in Prague, New York...
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Invisible Cities
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Calvino, Italo
Original title: "Le cita invisibili'
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The Lonely Londoners
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Samuel Selvon; Nasta Susheila
At Waterloo Station, hopeful new arrivals from the West Indies step off the boat train, ready to start afresh in 1950s London. There, homesick Moses Aloetta, who has already lived...
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The Lazarus Project
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Aleksandar Hemon
 
The unprovoked murder of a Russian Jewish immigrant ignites a dazzling novel of flight, emigration and the meaning of home
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Harare North
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Brian Chikwava
 
When he lands in Harare North, our unnamed protagonist carries nothing but a cardboard suitcase full of memories and a longing to be reunited with his childhood friend, Shingi. He...
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Soft City
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Jonathan Raban
 
One of the classics of travel writing, this is a prescient exploration of the individual's relationship with urban living
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Youth
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J. M. Coetzee
 
A student in 1950s South Africa has long been plotting an escape from his country. Studying mathematics, reading poetry, saving money, he tries to ensure that when he arrives in...
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Claudine in Paris
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Colette; Antonia White
 
Claudine is in despair, having left her beloved Montigny for a new life in Paris. But her instinctive curiosity gradually leads to an awakened interest in the city. She records...
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Call it Sleep
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Henry Roth; Alfred Kazin
David Schearl arrives in New York in his mother's arms to begin his new life as an immigrant. David is hated by his father, but is fiercely loved and protected...
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Arranged Marriage
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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
 
A collection of 11 stories, each one complete in itself, which chronicle the hopes and fears of Indian-born women living in America.
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The Arrival
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Shaun Tan
 
What drives so many to leave everything behind and journey alone to a mysterious country, a place without family or friends, where everything is nameless and the future is unknown...
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Tales of the City
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Armistead Maupin
 
A naive young secretary, fresh out of Cleveland, tumbles headlong into a brave new world of laundromat Lotharios, pot-growing landladies, cut throat debutantes, and Jockey Shorts dance contests. The saga...
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Let the Great World Spin
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Colum McCann
 
Winner of the National Book Award and a New York Times bestseller
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