In this Book

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A fiction of the city as a chorus of voices, an entity that is both one and many
 
Marream Krollos’s Big City is a structurally innovative work of prose composed of vignettes, verse, dialogues, monologues, and short stories. Alone, they are fragments, but together they offer a glimpse of the human condition and form a harmonized narrative of desire, loneliness, and beauty. Through language that builds, destroys, and violates, Krollos maps the geography of our contemporary condition, a haunting meditation on human togetherness and isolation.
 
Krollos plays with the tension between the voice of the lonely “I” produced by the urban experience and the polyphony of the city itself. A city is a chorus and a collection of traces; it is a way of being with others and the concretization of the social divisions that keep people apart. As a lifelong city dweller, Krollos is obsessed with the way that cities shape our experiences of the world, our ideas about inside and outside and self and other.
 
By mapping the emotional highs and lows of particular (though often anonymous) beings, the book creates a geography of the urban consciousness. The sensation of reading this lyric work of fiction is akin to how one experiences an attentive walk in an unknown city: one becomes attuned to the tenor of its many voices, how the languages lift and flourish, and how the micro and macro became integrally linked.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page , Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. There Are Horses and Lights in the City
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. A Man in the City Is Writing a Story on a Bus
  2. pp. 13-27
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  1. There Are Little Bugs in the Big City
  2. pp. 28-40
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  1. People Kill People in the City
  2. pp. 41-44
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  1. Hushed
  2. pp. 45-59
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  1. People Kill People in the City
  2. pp. 60-69
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  1. On the Way to Work
  2. pp. 70-82
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  1. There Are Clinics in the City
  2. pp. 83-88
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  1. To the Shelter
  2. pp. 89-96
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  1. Busy Bars
  2. pp. 97-139
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  1. The People Speak
  2. pp. 140-141
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  1. After That Man Did That to Her
  2. pp. 142-145
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  1. The Story of the City
  2. pp. 146-148
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  1. A Man Says Smiling
  2. pp. 149-150
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  1. The People Speak
  2. pp. 151-166
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  1. A Date in the City
  2. pp. 167-184
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  1. People in the City Are Alone in Their Beds
  2. pp. 185-192
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  1. Episodes
  2. pp. 193-207
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  1. Evening Time in the City
  2. pp. 208-213
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  1. Buses
  2. pp. 214-216
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  1. Things That Happen to Children in the City
  2. pp. 217-220
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781573668781
Related ISBN
9781573660679
MARC Record
OCLC
1027735305
Pages
226
Launched on MUSE
2018-09-02
Language
English
Open Access
No
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