[UCP Books]: Imaginary Cities: A Tour of Dream Cities, Nightmare Cities, and Everywhere in Between by Darran Anderson

Praise for the UK edition

“A dizzying and brilliant piece of creative non-fiction.”
—Stuart Evers, Guardian, Best Books of the Year

“A big, bustling book that looks at real cities through the prism of imaginary ones, from city planning to science fiction and everything in between. Anderson’s nimble study is never less than stimulating.”
New Scientist, Best Summer Reads

“A compendium of fantasy cities that takes its cue from Marco Polo via Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, this remarkable survey reveals the influence that the metropolis of the mind has had on the real thing.”
Financial Times, Best Books



A Tour of Dream Cities, Nightmare Cities, and Everywhere in Between
Darran Anderson


Publication date: April 11, 2017 $22.50


Consider that praise from the United Kingdom your invitation on an unforgettable journey through the very idea of the city.

With Darren Anderson as your guide, you’ll visit dream cities, potential cities, future cities, perfect cities, utopias and dystopias, real and imagined. As Calvino wrote, “Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears”; Imaginary Cities shows how those twin impulses have manifested themselves in our urban landscapes. A dazzling performance of magpie brilliance, Imaginary Cities is unlike any book you’ve ever read.



Darran Anderson is an Irish writer residing in Scotland. He has written for a host of publications on the intersections of urbanism, culture, technology, and politics. He is available for interviews.

Please contact Levi Stahl at (773) 702 0289 or lstahl@press.uchicago.edu for more information.



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