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Book chapter

Faces of London in Capital by John Lanchester

P. 40-45.
Barinova E.

East and West are rapidly integrating in modern European discourse, melting into some new wholeness, which is still far from being homogeneous as cultural memory and traditions are strong and each nation does its best to avoid complete and irreversible integration. In the article devoted to the interaction of East and West on the example of the characters of John Lanchester's novel Capital London is also considered as a character, blurred and changeable, which needs to rediscover its own identity at the junction of East and West, different cultures embodied in the characters of the book. With the help of imagological approach and tools of intercultural communication the attitude of the characters to each other is being analyzed, their perception of others, their attempts to integrate or, on the contrary, to preserve their own cultural identity. All these processes determine not only the face of modern London, but also Europe in general, causing numerous problems and issues that are yet to be resolved. This process involves not only politicians and sociologists, but also writers, film directors, artists etc., who are rethinking and interpreting the reality using the language of different arts.