ATLAS: The Archaeology of an Imaginary City, by Dung Kai-cheung, translated by Anders Hansson and Bonnie S. McDougall. Columbia University Press, 2012, 192 pp., $24.50 (hardcover).

In "Atlas: The Archaeology of an Imaginary City," Dung Kai-cheung maps the surviving maps of a city called Victoria. Readers will quickly understand that Victoria is Hong Kong, the author's birthplace and home, but the future archaeologists who Dung imagines assembling an image of Victoria from maps and documents are less certain what sort of place they are piecing together.