Unreal City

Unreal City

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by Michael Smith
     
 

Strolling through this wide sweep, gazing across the fleet of trains bound for Paris or Brussels, the powder blue steel vaulting soaring above them, the inside of a giant whale's ribcage, a hymn to the infrastructure of our hyper-connected age; like Jonah swallowed up by it all, by the hum of the giant extractor fans, the deep hum at the heart of it all - back

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Strolling through this wide sweep, gazing across the fleet of trains bound for Paris or Brussels, the powder blue steel vaulting soaring above them, the inside of a giant whale's ribcage, a hymn to the infrastructure of our hyper-connected age; like Jonah swallowed up by it all, by the hum of the giant extractor fans, the deep hum at the heart of it all - back here, home again, lost in London...

With a property portfolio consisting of a beach hut in Essex, and a career as evanescent as it is unprofitable, the narrator of Lost in London is a flaneur fallen on hard times, a creative bewildered by the slick speed of the digital age, watching as the sculptors and painters and bon viveurs begin to slip away and the advertising hipsters take over old stomping grounds.

From the nights in old Soho, where an anonymous green door was the gateway to a decadently dingy paradise, to the days amid the shabby post-industrial elegance of Hackney's canalside warehouses, this is a nostalgic love song to the drifters, the artists, the glamorous misfits, the degenerate waifs and the barmaid-enchantresses of the capital's backstreets and shadowy corners.

'A masterpiece of gutter romanticism.' Tatler on The Giro Playboy

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780571309214
Publisher:
Faber and Faber
Publication date:
09/24/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
144
File size:
215 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Michael Smith is a writer, film-maker and broadcaster. He is the author of two works of fiction, The Giro Playboy and Shorty Loves Wing Wong, and has written features for the Guardian, the Observer, the Idler and Dazed and Confused, amongst others.He has made a number of short films for BBC 2's The Culture Show. His short film Lost in London was premiered at the Barbican Centre, London in June 2012.

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