Soft City

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

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


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 an 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.