BlogTour: LITERARY LANDSCAPES – Charting the Real-Life Settings of the World’s Favourite Fiction

Welcome to my blog for the start of the #BlogTour for LITERARY LANDSCAPES: Charting the Real-Life Settings of the World’s Favourite Fiction. This is a follow-up book to the richly illustrated Literary Wonderlands: A Journey Through the Greatest Fictional Worlds Ever Created. Deatils on how to win a copy are at the bottom of this post.

Literary Landscapes draws together those well-loved authors who are synonymous with a place and time, celebrating Hardy’s Wessex, Joyce’s Dublin and Du Maurier’s Cornwall. It comes right up to date with recent bestsellers, such as Eleanor Catton’s Booker Prize-winning The Luminaries, Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City and Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend. Its charm lies in the way these favourites are interspersed with the unfamiliar, providing much to explore.

Led by John Sutherland, a team of specialist literary critics have contributed individual essays on over 70 literary novels where landscape is as central to the tale as any character, and just as easily recognized. Entries are beautifully illustrated with archive material, original artworks, maps and photographs. International in breadth and scope, Literary Landscapes is an enchanting read that book lovers will not be able to resist dipping into.

Some stories couldn’t happen just anywhere.  As is the case with all great literature, the setting, scenery and landscape are as central to the tale as any character, and just as easily recognised. Literary Landscapes: Charting the Real-Life Settings of the World’s Favourite Fiction delves deep into the geography, location and terrain of all our best-loved literary works and looks at how setting and environmental attributes influence storytelling, character and our emotional response as readers.

Led by John Sutherland, a team of specialist literary critics have contributed individual essays on more than 50 literary worlds.  Beautifully illustrated with hundreds of full-colour maps, archival material, photographs and illustrations, the landscapes are vividly brought to life, evoking all the sights and sounds of the original works.

A great way to remind you of favourites, or inspire your next book choice, what will you read next?

These are the landscapes that are in the book:

Romantic Prospects, Up To 1914

JANE AUSTEN Persuasion

ALESSANDRO MANZONI The Betrothed

HONORÉ DE BALZAC La Comédie humaine

EMILY BRONTË Wuthering Heights

CHARLES DICKENS Bleak House

VICTOR HUGO Les Misérables

LEO TOLSTOY   Anna Karenina

THOMAS HARDY The Return of the Native

MARK TWAIN The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON Kidnapped

AUGUST STRINDBERG   The People of Hemsö

G. WELLS The War of the Worlds

LUCY MAUD MONTGOMERY Anne of Green Gables

WILLA CATHER O Pioneers!

 

Mapping Modernism, 1915–1945

H. LAWRENCE The Rainbow

SIGRID UNDSET Kristin Lavransdatter

EDITH WHARTON The Age of Innocence

JAMES JOYCE Ulysses

THOMAS MANN The Magic Mountain

VIRGINIA WOOLF Mrs Dalloway

SCOTT FITZGERALD The Great Gatsby

A. MILNE Winnie the Pooh

ALFRED DÖBLIN Berlin Alexanderplatz

ALBERTO MORAVIA The Time of Indifference

ISAAC BABEL Odessa Stories

LEWIS GRASSIC GIBBON Sunset Song

LAURA INGALLS WILDER Little House on the Prairie

WILLIAM FAULKNER   Absalom, Absalom!

DAPHNE DU MAURIER Rebecca

ERNEST HEMINGWAY For Whom the Bell Tolls

JORGE AMADO The Violent Land

JOHN STEINBECK Cannery Row

 

Post-War Panoramas, 1946-1974

GERARD REVE The Evenings: A Winter’s Tale

NAGIB MAHFOUZ Midaq Alley

CAMILO JOSÉ CELA The Hive

RAYMOND CHANDLER The Long Goodbye

DYLAN THOMAS Under Milk Wood

YUKIO MISHIMA The Sound of Waves

FRANCOISE SAGAN Bonjour Tristesse

SAM SELVON The Lonely Londoners

GRACE METALIOUS Peyton Place

PATRICK WHITE Voss

ELSA MORANTE Arturo’s Island

CHINUA ACHEBE Things Fall Apart

HARPER LEE To Kill a Mockingbird

TARJEI VESAAS The Ice Palace

MIKHAIL BULGAKOV The Master and Margarita

JOHN FOWLES The French Lieutenant’s Woman

TONI MORRISON The Bluest Eye

TOVE JANSSON The Summer Book

ALEKSANDR SOLZHENITSYN The Gulag Archipelago

 

Contemporary Geographies, 1975–Present

ARMISTEAD MAUPIN Tales of the City

EARL LOVELACE The Dragon Can’t Dance

FERNANDO PESSOA The Book of Disquiet

PETER SCHNEIDER The Wall Jumper

JAY MCINERNEY Bright Lights, Big City

PATRICIA GRACE Potiki

MICHAEL ONDAATJE In the Skin of A Lion

LOUISE ERDRICH Tracks

TIM WINTON Cloudstreet

E ANNIE PROULX The Shipping News

NATSUHIKO KYOGOKU The Summer of the Ubume

THOMAS WHARTON Icefields

PATRICK MODIANO The Search Warrant

CARLOS RUIZ ZAFÓN The Shadow of the Wind

ORHAN PAMUK Snow

KATE GRENVILLE The Secret River

ELENA FERRANTE My Brilliant Friend

YAN LIANKE The Explosion Chronicles

ELEANOR CATTON The Luminaries

NEEL MUKHERJEE Lives of Others

MIGUEL BONNEFOY Black Sugar

LITERARY LANDSCAPES: Charting the Real-Life Settings of the World’s Favourite Fiction

General Editor: John Sutherland

Published 25 October 2018 – Price: £25 hardback, full-colour illustration

Available from all good bookshops. I would urge you to buy them from an independent bookshop if you can as this supports them, the publisher and of course the author with one purchase.

You could win a copy too: Follow @modernbooks and tweet your own favourite #LiteraryLandscape for a chance to win a copy of Literary Landscapes.

 

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. I’ve loved seeing about this book again and again on the blogs I read who are on the blog tour! And this has to go on my Christmas list.

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