The City that Walked Away describes the collapse of an ancient civilisation. The Old City is abandoned by Gods as well as men. It is anachronistic, outrageously funny and painfully sad.The Last King of the Old City is murdered by his guards. The Free Citizens march out onto the steppe. The Gods leave the temples and the palaces and crowd onto the edge of the cliff above the City. The Little People walk out along the levée. They meet death. The Wooden God climbs off his plinth and wanders across the desolate Anatolian hills muttering darkly about the nature of humanity.Everything in the Old City is ruined and nearly everyone dies. The novel that is an extended metaphor for the collapse of civilisation.