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Constantly changing and endlessly diverse, the world’s great cities are perfect settings for drama and intrigue. And just occasionally, they inspire some equally great literature.
At a time when much international travel has ground to a halt, we asked Time Out editors across the globe to name the book that best summed up their city. These are the ten works they say are guaranteed to transport you there.
Some are novels in which the city isn’t just a backdrop but a character in itself. Others are memoirs that are as much about the setting as the author themselves, often to the extent that it’s difficult to tell who’s really talking: the place or the person?
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