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The Lonely City

(2016)
A non fiction book by

 
 
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.



Praise for this book

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


Used availability for Olivia Laing's The Lonely City

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: Lonely City
Author(s): OLIVIA LAING
ISBN: 1-250-11803-4 / 978-1-250-11803-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador Paper
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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
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


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
Availability: Amazon AU   


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
Availability: Amazon UK   


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
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


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
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


June 2016 : USA 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.
Availability: Amazon   


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.
Availability: Amazon CA   


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