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Publisher's Summary

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-30s, 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.
©2016 Olivia Laing (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"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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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 04-09-18

Exceptional audiobook

Great, plain narration with emotional resonance conveyed where necessary. Plus extremely interesting meditations on art.

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5 out of 5 stars
By A. Treffeisen on 04-04-18

Loved it!

Many references to artists, books and movies which, when read and seen, would make this book an even more intense and gripping read. So I'm sure I pick it up some time again. That adds to the value of from a good book, isn't it?

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