City Squares: Eighteen Writers on the Spirit and Significance of Squares Around the World

by Catie Marron

Hardcover, 2016




New York, NY : Harper, [2016]


"In this important collection, eighteen renowned writers, including David Remnick, Zadie Smith, Rebecca Skloot, Rory Stewart, and Adam Gopnik evoke the spirit and history of some of the world{u2019}s most recognized and significant city squares, accompanied by illustrations from equally distinguished photographers. Over half of the world{u2019}s citizens now live in cities, and this number is rapidly growing. At the heart of these municipalities is the square{u2014}the defining urban public space since the dawn of democracy in Ancient Greece. Each square stands for a larger theme in history: cultural, geopolitical, anthropological, or architectural, and each of the eighteen luminary writers has contributed his or her own innate talent, prodigious research, and local knowledge"… (more)



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