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A beautiful book, both in form and content. Reminded me a bit of Calvino's Cities in tone--similarly intriguing and haunting. I do wish it had citations just because I selfishly/shallowly wanted to know what was true and what might not be but that lack did not diminish my enjoyment. Schalansky definitely achieved her goal of elevating cartography to an art form.