Olivia Laing

The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

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The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

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When Olivia Laing moved to New York City in her mid-thirties, she found herself inhabiting loneliness on a daily basis. Increasingly fascinated by this most shameful of experiences, she began to explore the lonely city by way of art.

Moving fluidly between the works and lives of some of the city's most compelling artists, 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.

'The Lonely City is a stunning homage to how extreme loneliness can make us more hospitable to the strangeness of others - to the risks and innovations of art and artists. Laing has written a classic that will be cherished for years to come' - Deborah Levy

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd 
Number of pages: 336 
Weight: 226 g 
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm