This novel presents a panoramic view of New York City between the 1890s and the 1920s, capturing the sense of the city through the lives of its inhabitants. The narrative weaves together the stories of numerous characters from diverse backgrounds, including immigrants, businessmen, and bohemians. These characters' lives intersect and diverge, reflecting the dynamism and complexity of the city itself. The city is portrayed as a place of both opportunity and disillusionment, where dreams are both realized and shattered.
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This book is on the following lists:
- 78th on Le Monde's 100 Books of the Century (Le Monde)
- 493rd on The 500 best books of all time from Culture Café users (Culture Café)
- ZEIT-Bibliothek der 100 Bücher (Die Zeit)
- Best Foreign Work of Fiction Chosen by Francophone Writers (French literary magazine Transfuge)