Download e-book for kindle: City Squares: Eighteen Writers on the Spirit and by Catie Marron

By Catie Marron

ISBN-10: 0062380206

ISBN-13: 9780062380203

In this significant assortment, eighteen popular writers, together with David Remnick, Zadie Smith, Rebecca Skloot, Rory Stewart, and Adam Gopnik evoke the spirit and heritage of a few of the world’s so much well-known and important urban squares, followed by means of illustrations from both exotic photographers.

Over half the world’s electorate now stay in towns, and this quantity is swiftly transforming into. on the middle of those municipalities is the square—the defining city public house because the sunrise of democracy in historical Greece. every one sq. stands for a bigger subject matter in historical past: cultural, geopolitical, anthropological, or architectural, and every of the eighteen luminary writers has contributed his or her personal innate expertise, prodigious learn, and native knowledge.

Divided into 3 elements: tradition, Geopolitics, heritage, headlined by way of Michael Kimmelman, David Remnick, and George Packer, this crucial anthology exhibits the town sq. in new mild. Jehane Noujaim, award-winning filmmaker, takes the reader via her go back to Tahrir sq. through the 2011 protest; Rory Stewart, diplomat and writer, chronicles a sq. in Kabul which has come and long gone a number of instances over 5 centuries; Ari Shavit describes the dramatic alterations of vital Tel Aviv’s Rabin sq.; Rick Stengel, editor, writer, and journalist, recounts the ability of Mandela’s selection of the Grand Parade, Cape city, a big marketplace sq. to talk to the area correct after his liberate from twenty-seven years in criminal; whereas award-winning journalist Gillian Tett explores the idea that of the digital sq. within the age of social media.

This assortment is a vital lesson in historical past, a portrait of the area we are living in this day, in addition to an workout in considering the longer term. Evocative and compelling, City Squares will swap how you stroll via a city.

Contributors include:

David Adjaye on Jemma e-Fnna, Marrakech • Anne Applebaum on purple sq., Moscow and Grand industry sq., Krakow • Chrystia Freeland on Euromaiden, Kiev • Adam Gopnik on position des Vosges, Paris • Alma Guillermoprieto on Zocalo, Mexico urban • Jehane Noujaim on Tahrir sq., Cairo • Evan Osnos on Tiananmen sq., Beijing • Andrew Roberts on Residential Squares, London • Elif Shafak on Taksim sq., Istanbul • Rebecca Skloot on American city Squares • Ari Shavit on Rabin sq., Tel Aviv • Zadie Smith at the grand piazzas of Rome and Venice • Richard Stengel on industry sq., Grand Parade, Cape city • Rory Stewart on Murad Khane, Kabul • Plus contributions by means of Gillian Tett, George Packer, David Remnick, and Michael Kimmelman; illustrations and images from popular photographers, together with: Thomas Struth, Philip Lorca di Corcia, and Josef Koudelka

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