Program Details

Book Club:  China Mieville's, "The City and the City"

Cora Bresciano

Course Description

This unique novel is a detective story set in a fictional Eastern European country where two cities—one wealthy, one not—exist in the same geographic space. The story raises issues of surveillance and secret police, of seeing and “unseeing” the lives around us, and of the consequences of ignoring what should be obvious. Moreover, it’s an excellent tale of catching a criminal in an impossible physical landscape. Having read the assigned chapters in advance, participants will come prepared to discuss this absorbing and thought-provoking novel by an always innovative author. Come and explore the “stories in the story” of "The City and the City". As this is a discussion group, space is limited.


  1. Discuss Chapters 1-7
  2. Discuss Chapters 8-13
  3. Discuss Chapters 14-22
  4. Discuss Chapters 23-29

About the Instructor

  • Cora Bresciano, MFA, was the co-founder and, for fourteen years, the executive director of Blue Planet Global Education, a non-profit organization that coached educators on creating international writing-and-arts collaborations. She has been a Visiting Instructor at FAU, teaching myth and magical realism in literature along with creative and first-year writing. She lectures and presents in the U.S. and abroad, most recently in Lisbon at the Modern Language Association International Symposium. She is currently completing her Ph.D. dissertation on the agency of myth and absence in Franco's Spain and Francoist historical fiction. She holds a master's degree in creative writing from FAU, where she received the Frank and Courtney Brogan Award in Fiction, and a bachelor's degree in music education from Hofstra University in New York.