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Crudo Hardcover – 28 Jun 2018

2.9 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Main Market edition (28 Jun. 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781509892839
  • ISBN-13: 978-1509892839
  • ASIN: 1509892834
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.5 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Written at a war-mongering time of rising nationalisms, the vitality of Olivia Laing's
questioning love letter to life and to art will blow you away

(Deborah Levy)

Laing’s prose shimmers and is selfish then, suddenly, full of love. It’s a high-wire act. This is the novel as a love letter to Acker. She gives her a happier ending than the one she had. She asks us what a novel can do when unreality rules. She asks what it is like to be alive when the old order is dying . . . Crudo is a hot, hot book. The fuse is lit. (Susanne Moore Observer)

The status beach read of the summer (Sunday Times Style)

Finally, I don’t think I’ll ever forget the day I spent reading Olivia Laing’s Crudo. I couldn’t put it down, and then it overwhelmed me so much I had to put it down, and then I had to pick it back up again. A beautiful, strange, intelligent novel. (Sally Rooney, author of Conversations With Friends)

In Crudo her triumph, rather, is rendering on the page the texture of a very contemporary sensibility . . . The novel form famously struggles to represent the intersection in our lives of the personal-parochial and the political-global: here’s a way to try. And the writing is often so fresh and clever and funny. (Tessa Hadley Guardian)

Beautiful and strange, Olivia Laing’s Crudo is an urgent, compelling, funny and moving tale for our times. (Paula Hawkins)

A piece of electrifying writing (Daily Mail)

Electric and unputdownable, its 'love in the apocalypse' vibe is deep and light at the same time. (Elle)

Laing’s fiction debut is a fizzy and thrilling tale of a woman who may or may not be experimental novelist Kathy Acker, preparing for marriage in the summer of 2017. Beautifully written with a voice that grabs from the off. (Independent)

Crudo is intensely personal and simultaneously global in its concerns. It forces us to consider the two together and bind our own immediate dramas to those of the wider world. It is an important novel that shouts to the vastness and the urgency of what it means to be alive, now. (Spectator)

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A blisteringly funny and remarkably tender debut novel from Olivia Laing, one of the finest non-fiction writers of her generation.

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