Contents: The four «constellations of reading» – The Art of Straying: Walter Benjamin and the Dialectics of Flânerie – Flânerie
after the Battle: Juan Goytisolo and the Return of the Flâneur – The City as Crime Scene: Walter Benjamin and the Traces of
the Detective – Spectres of Detection: Paul Auster and the Metaphysical Detective – The Decay of Love: Walter Benjamin and
the Silent Whore – Paradoxes of the Unruly Commodity: Dacia Maraini and the Talking Whore – The Trash of History: Walter Benjamin
and the Dialectical Ragpicker – The Past as Future: Mudrooroo and the Indigenous Ragpicker.