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Hackney, That Rose-Red Empire

A Confidential Report

By Iain Sinclair

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| Hardcover | 9780241142165

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Once an Arcadian suburb of grand houses, orchards and conservatories, Hackney declined into a zone of asylums, hospitals and dirty industry. Persistently revived, reinvented, betrayed, it has become a symbol of inner-city chaos, crime and poverty. No Continue

Once an Arcadian suburb of grand houses, orchards and conservatories, Hackney declined into a zone of asylums, hospitals and dirty industry. Persistently revived, reinvented, betrayed, it has become a symbol of inner-city chaos, crime and poverty. Now, the Olympics, a final attempt to clamp down on a renegade spirit, seeks to complete the process: erasure disguised as 'progress'. In this 'documentary fiction', Sinclair meets a cast of the dispossessed, including writers, photographers, bomb-makers and market traders. Legends of tunnels, Hollow Earth theories and the notorious Mole Man are unearthed. He uncovers traces of those who passed through Hackney: Lenin and Stalin, novelists Joseph Conrad and Samuel Richardson, film-makers Orson Welles and Jean-Luc Godard, Tony Blair beginning his political career, even a Baader-Meinhof urban guerrilla on the run. And he tells his own story: of forty years in one house in Hackney, of marriage, children, strange encounters, deaths.

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    a book for a little cult of worshipers...

    ...to which I don't belong. I've always been a South east Londoner, during my time there. I expected this book to be a door into Hackney- it isn't, or it is if you are one of the chosen few that know what Sinclair is talking about. Shame. Abandoned w ...(continue)

    ...to which I don't belong. I've always been a South east Londoner, during my time there. I expected this book to be a door into Hackney- it isn't, or it is if you are one of the chosen few that know what Sinclair is talking about. Shame. Abandoned without even reaching half the book.

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Book Details

  • Rating:
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    • 3 stars
  • English Books
  • Hardcover 592 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 0241142164
  • ISBN-13: 9780241142165
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publish date: 2009-02-05
  • Dimensions: 322 mm x 1,044 mm x 1,547 mm
  • Also available as: Paperback , eBook
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