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    DescriptionStephen Barber takes the reader on an extraordinary journey from LA to Tokyo via Europe. He carries only a crumpled map in his pocket, a map that plots a horrifying past, a disappearing present and a future collapsing into banality. A virtual reality flight across this territory reveals the surfaces of things, a landscape made by war and technological advances. Coming back to earth and to his own body, Stephen Barber follows the map from city to city. He discovers how cities, once densely layered with a civilization's history of follies and obsessions, are increasingly oblivious places, accelerating the erasure of their own histories, forgetting themselves. Barber's journey becomes a profound meditation on the future of the city and the role of memory in our lives.Dazzlingly written, erudite and, by turns funny, elegiac and horrific, The Vanishing Map explores what cities were, are and will be. Deeper than this, it questions how memory - personal, urban, national and global memory - can survive.


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    Title
    The Vanishing Map
    Subtitle
    A Journey from LA to Tokyo to the Heart of Europe
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Stephen Barber
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 160
    Width: 134 mm
    Height: 189 mm
    Thickness: 12 mm
    Weight: 280 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781845205102
    ISBN 10: 1845205103
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.5
    BIC subject category V2: HBLW3
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    BIC subject category V2: AM
    DC22: 910.4
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    BIC subject category V2: JFCA
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Ingram Subject Code: TR
    Libri: I-TR
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: TRV010000
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15850
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: TRV009000
    DC22: 306.4
    BISAC V2.8: TRV003050
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: G465 .B37 2006
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: AM, JBCC1, NHD
    Illustrations note
    3 b&w illustrations, bibliography
    Publisher
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Berg Publishers
    Publication date
    03 October 2006
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Stephen Barber is a noted cultural historian and author of many acclaimed books, including Burning World, the best-selling biography of Edmund White, Tokyo Vertigo, Caligula: Divine Carnage, Projected Cities, Jean Genet, Fragments of the European City and two studies of Antonin Artaud, The Screaming Body and Blows And Bombs. His writing has won many awards and been translated into Japanese, French, German and Italian. Formerly Professor of Digital Media at the University of Tokyo, he is currently Professor of Media Arts at Kingston University.
    Review quote
    'Stephen Barber is an extraordinary explorer into the history and memory of Europe, and here he takes the reader on an exhilarating journey.'Edmund White, author of A Boy's Own Story and The Flaneur: a journey through the paradoxes of Paris'The Vanishing Map is a weird and wonderful rumination on a bloody past, an oblivious present, and a future collapsing into banality.'3am MagazineFrom reviews of previous work'Is there a new candidate for most dangerous man in Europe? The cultural historian Stephen Barber puts himself in the frame.' The Independent'A writer who carries the city within him compelling, ambitious and genre-busting.' Literary Review of Canada'Exhilarating and disquieting.' The Sunday Times'Stephen Barber is a cultural historian of real distinction brilliant and often profound.' The Independent on Sunday'Brilliant, profound and provocative.' The Times 'Barber's fluid prose demonstrates intense research.' Publishers' Weekly
    Table of contents
    * Part One: Los Angeles: City of Angels, City of Devils * Part Two: The Heart of Europe * Part Three: Tokyo: City of Devils, City of Angels