The City & the City Setting & Symbolism

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Beszel

Beszel is the city that borders on Ul Qoma. Beszel is somewhere in Europe, but the author never states exactly what country the city is. Beszel is the city where Borlu is from and the city where the dead woman's body is found when the novel first opens. Citizens of Beszel, by law, are not allowed to "see" people, places or items that are in Ul Qoma.

Ul Qoma

Ul Qoma is the city that borders on Beszel. Ul Qoma is somewhere in Europe, but the author never states exactly what country the city is. Ul Qoma is the city where Dhatt is from and the city where the archeological dig is that Mahalia is working on as a student. Citizens of Ul Qoma, by law, are not allowed to "see" people, places or items that are in Beszel.

Orciny

Orciny is a mythological city. For those...

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