The Lonely City

The Lonely City

Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism

#1 Book of the Year from Brain Pickings

Named a best book of the year by NPR, Newsweek, Slate, Pop Sugar, Marie Claire, Elle, Publishers Weekly, and Lit Hub

A dazzling work of biography, memoir, and cultural criticism on the subject of loneliness, told through the lives of iconic artists, by the acclaimed author of The Trip to Echo Spring.

When Olivia Laing moved to New York City in her midthirties, she… (more)

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Editorial reviews (6 reviews)


As Laing describes finding consolation in the work of artists, so this book serves as both provocation and comfort, a secular prayer for those who are alone — meaning all of us.

The Lonely City offers an empathetic deciphering with which we might come to understand this perpetuity of transience and therefore the meaning of loneliness.

Although art may be generated by loneliness, writes Laing in this illuminating, enriching book, it has a significant “capacity to create intimacy.”


Book Details  


Publisher: Picador (March 01, 2016)

Collection: Picador

Language: English


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