Thursday, November 22, 2012

The top 10 cities in literature

Mark Binelli is the author of the novel Sacco and Vanzetti Must Die! and the newly released Detroit City Is the Place to Be: The Afterlife of an American Metropolis, his first book of nonfiction. Born and raised in the Detroit area, he now lives in New York City.

For Publishers Weekly, he named his ten favorite cities in literature, including:
Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino

Calvino’s books were some of the first that made me want to write fiction. Much later, I mined Invisible Cities, one of his masterpieces — a dialogue between Marco Polo and Kublai Khan that’s also a series of prose poems about the metaphorical potential of the city — for the epigraph to Detroit City Is the Place to Be, Detroit being a city that’s long existed as a sort of (to borrow the apt phrasing of one headline writer) “Metaphoropolis.”
Read about another entry on the list.

Invisible Cities is one of Pat Conroy's six favorite books.

--Marshal Zeringue