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Comment: In stock in England - HARDBACK - good condition - dust jacket is in good condition with shelf scuffing - boards are clean and tight - spine is uncreased and the spine text is clear - page block is clean and tidy - 2016 edition - What does it mean to be lonely? How do we live, if we're not intimately engaged with another human being? How do we connect with other people? When Olivia Laing moved to New York City in her mid-thirties, she found herself inhabiting loneliness on a daily basis. Fascinated by the experience, she began to explore the lonely city by way of art. Moving fluidly between works and lives - from Edward Hopper's Nighthawks to Andy Warhol's Time Capsules, from Henry Darger's hoarding to David Wojnarowicz's AIDS activism - Laing conducts an electric, dazzling investigation into what it means to be alone, illuminating not only the causes of loneliness but also how it might be resisted and redeemed. Humane, provocative and deeply moving, The Lonely City is about the spaces between people and the things that draw them together, about sexuality, mortality and the magical possibilities of art. It's a celebration of a strange and lovely state, adrift from the larger continent of human experience, but intrinsic to the very act of being alive.
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The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone Hardcover – 3 Mar 2016

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (3 Mar. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782111239
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782111238
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 3.1 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 60 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 224,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Both wonderful and necessary" (ANNE ENRIGHT Guardian, 'Best Books of 2016')

"Sensational . . . a beautiful evocation of a state of mind through artists from Hopper and Warhol to Wojnarowicz" (PHILIP HOARE New Statesman, 'Books of the Year')

"Gorgeously written and deeply intelligent" (Times Literary Supplement, 'Books of the Year 2016')

"I loved Olivia's Laing's mix of memoir and criticism" (DAVID NICHOLLS Observer, 'Best Books of 2016')

"I adored Olivia Laing's The Lonely City . . . Fascinating, surprising and moving at once, it's a book to which I'm sure I'll return" (Herald, 'Writers' Books of 2016')

"This year I'm hoping for Olivia Laing's The Lonely City" (SJ WATSON Observer, 'Best Books of 2016')

"The Lonely City is continually unexpected, stimulating and beautifully structured. I am in awe of Olivia Laing's insights, braininess and that something that feels like recklessness until it lands" (PETER CAREY)

"A genre-blind book about everything: art and Aids, Warhol and Winnicott, Sontag and social media" (New Statesman, 'Books of the Year')

"A triumphant book . . . Laing is a brave writer, whose books open up fundamental questions about life and art" (Telegraph)

"[Laing's] description of her acute loneliness feels unusually brave . . . Sublime" (The Times)

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A dazzling investigation into loneliness, art and the modern city from the critically acclaimed author of The Trip to Echo Spring

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