Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas

By | October 31, 2017
Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas Author Rebecca Solnit
ISBN-10 0520274040
ISBN-13 9780520274044
Year 2013-11-18
Pages 176
Language English
Publisher University of California Press
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Like the bestselling Infinite City A San Francisco Atlas this book is a brilliant reinvention of the traditional atlas one that provides a vivid complex look at the multi faceted nature of New Orleans a city replete with contradictions More than twenty essays assemble a chorus of vibrant voices including geographers scholars of sugar and bananas the city s remarkable musicians prison activists environmentalists Arab and Native voices and local experts as well as the coauthors compelling contributions Featuring 22 full color two page spread maps Unfathomable City plumbs the depths of this major tourist destination pivotal scene of American history and culture and most recently site of monumental disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill The innovative maps precision and specificity shift our notions of the Mississippi the Caribbean Mardi Gras jazz soils and trees generational roots and many other subjects and expand our ideas of how any city is imagined and experienced Together with the inspired texts they show New Orleans as both an imperiled cityby erosion crime corruption and sea level riseand an ageless city that lives in music as a form of cultural resistance Compact lively and completely original Unfathomable City takes readers on a tour that will forever change the way they think about place

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