Soft City

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Soft City
Author Jonathan Raban
Publisher The Harvill Press
Publication date
1974
ISBN 0-525-20661-2
OCLC 1055380
301.36
LC Class HT133 .R3 1974a

Soft City is the first book written by Jonathan Raban, and published by The Harvill Press in 1974.

Synopsis[edit]

Soft City records one man's attempt to plot a course through the urban labyrinth. Holding up a revealing mirror to the modern city, it is used as the locale for a demanding and expressive personal drama.

Jonathan Raban’s soft city is the malleable material from which identity is formed. “It invites you to remake it, to consolidate it into a shape you can live in . . . Decide who you are, and the city will again assume a fixed form around you.” This soft city is the mythic city, where illusion, dream, aspiration, and nightmare are all fixed into place; it comes into focus as it is passed through and acted upon by an individual or a collective. Where is the ‘Soft City” now? – Feb 2007 Introduced by Tim Waterman Hosted by Andrew Stuck, Rethinking Cities Ltd.