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The Lonely City

(2016)
A non fiction book by

 
 
An expertly crafted work of reportage, memoir, and biography on the subject of loneliness told through the lives of six iconic artists, by the acclaimed author of The Trip to Echo Spring.

You can be lonely anywhere, but there is a particular flavor to the loneliness that comes from living in a city, surrounded by thousands of strangers. The Lonely City is a roving cultural history of urban loneliness, centered on the ultimate city: Manhattan, that teeming island of gneiss, concrete, and glass.

What does it mean to be lonely? How do we live if we're not intimately involved with another human being? How do we connect with other people, particularly if our sexuality or physical body is considered deviant or damaged? Does technology draw us closer together or trap us behind screens?

Olivia Laing explores these questions by traveling deep into the work and lives of some of the century's most original artists, among them Andy Warhol, David Wojnarowicz, Edward Hopper, Henry Darger, and Klaus Nomi.

Part memoir, part biography, part dazzling work of cultural criticism, The Lonely City is not just a map, but a celebration of the state of loneliness. It's a voyage out to a strange and sometimes lovely island, adrift from the larger continent of human experience, but visited by many-millions, say-of souls.



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"A beautiful meander of a book." - Hanya Yanagihara


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Hardback Editions

March 2016 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone
Author(s): Olivia Laing
ISBN: 1-78211-123-9 / 978-1-78211-123-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Books
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March 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone
Author(s): Olivia Laing
ISBN: 1-250-03957-6 / 978-1-250-03957-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Paperback Editions

June 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone
Author(s): Olivia Laing
ISBN: 1-250-11803-4 / 978-1-250-11803-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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March 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone
Author(s): Olivia Laing
ISBN: 1-78211-125-5 / 978-1-78211-125-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Books
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Audio Editions

September 2016 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone
Author(s): Olivia Laing
Publisher: Audible Studios
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September 2016 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone
Author(s): Olivia Laing
Publisher: Audible Studios
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June 2016 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Lonely City Lib/E: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone
Author(s): Olivia Laing
ISBN: 1-5047-3888-8 / 978-1-5047-3888-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
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June 2016 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone
Author(s): Olivia Laing
ISBN: 1-5047-3890-X / 978-1-5047-3890-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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June 2016 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone
Author(s): Olivia Laing
ISBN: 1-5047-3889-6 / 978-1-5047-3889-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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June 2016 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone
Author(s): Olivia Laing
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Kindle Editions

March 2016 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone
Author(s): Olivia Laing
Publisher: Canongate Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


March 2016 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone
Author(s): Olivia Laing
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon CA