Soft City

Picador Classic

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Publication date: 19.10.2017
ISBN: 9781509823406
Number of pages: 0


With an introduction by Iain Sinclair

In the city we can live deliberately: inventing and renewing ourselves, carving out journeys, creating private spaces. But in the city we are also afraid of being alone, clinging to the structures of daily life to ward off the chaos around us.

How is it that the noisy, jostling, overwhelming metropolis leaves us at once so energized and so fragile? In Soft City, Jonathan Raban, one of our most acclaimed novelists and travel writers seeks to find out. First published in the 1970s, his account is a compelling exploration of urban life: a classic in the literature of the city, more relevant to today’s overcrowded planet than ever.

In the media

A highly intelligent enquiry
New Statesman
A psychological handbook for urban survival
Sunday Telegraph
A perceptive and illuminating thesis which draws on acute observations of what makes the city tick, what makes it exciting, what frustrates and what inspires
Architectural Design