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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.4 X 0.4 X 8.2 inches | 0.35 pounds
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About the Author

Olivia Laing is the author of three acclaimed works of nonfiction, To the River (2011), The Trip to Echo Spring (2013), and The Lonely City (2016), which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism and has been translated into seventeen languages. Her first novel, Crudo, was a New York Times Notable Book and won the 2019 James Tait Black Prize. She writes for the Guardian, New York Times, and frieze, among many other publications. Her collected writing on art, Funny Weather, was published in 2020. The recipient of the 2018 Windham-Campbell Prize in nonfiction, Laing lives in Suffolk, UK.


A single moment in modernity, deconstructed by the savagely entertaining, Acker-inspired voice of Laing.
A narrative written with immense vitality and, miraculously, the lightest of touches.--Deborah Levy
Written with bristling intelligence, this debut novel... pays homage to the iconoclastic author Kathy Acker, creating a pastiche of voices and identities.--Notable Book of 2018
Crudo could turn out to be a novel that we pick up years from now to remind ourselves how these times felt.--Alexandra Schwartz
Crudo seduces from the very first sentence. Laing as Acker is not a literary device--it is literary detonation.... Crudo is a hot, hot book.
A pretzel twist of form and meaning.... Laing strikes some terrific chords in this novel.--Dwight Garner