Altered or Imaginary Places
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Having recently seen the Chicago Field Museum exhibit on Maps of Imaginary places it led me to think about what books inspire travel even if the place is not precisely real.
Does anyone have any of those books that still inspired travel?
Wizard of the Crow by Ngugi wa Thiongo -- the African country of Aburiria, presumably a fictionalized Kenya
The Story of Forgetting by Stefan Merrill Block -- the imaginary world of Isidora
I recently acquired a slim book of maps of the various arrondisments of Paris at the turn of the century. Since I have not been to Paris and since Paris has no doubt changed significantly it is sort of like an imaginary place. I actually had that feeling reading Haussmann, or the Distinction since that Paris is gone as well.
After reading the first few reviews of Invisible Cities I have had to put it to the top of the list. The list is already 16 books long!!
By the way I too have The Dictionary of Imaginary Places and it is a wonderful thing.