4) Impossible Stories, by Zoran Živković.
For review at Strange Horizons. Superb.
Well friends ..I too have been intrigued by geography of Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days….right since my childhood…
I belong to a place called Manikpur ( in Bundelkhand region) which is a major railway junction on BAOMBAY – CALCUTTA line, near Allahabad since introduction of Railways in India.
While agree that KOTHI could be the KHOLBY of jules Verne, however even KARWI..( near CHIRAKOOT) is also a close contender. Karwi (25°12′N 80°54′E / 25.2°N 80.9°E / 25.2; 80.9) is a town in Chitrakoot district of Uttar Pradesh in India. Before the Sepoy Mutiny ( 1857) it was the residence of a Maratha noble, ..distance between Karwi and Allahabad is 61.15 miles….which is closer to Jules 50 miles …
hope this helps
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