City Books presents: Olivia Laing
OLIVIA LAING: CRUDO
In Conversation with Elizabeth Day
In her first work of fiction, Olivia Laing radically rewires the novel in a brilliant, funny and empathetically raw account of love in the apocalypse.
the twenty-first century, 'Crudo' charts in real time what it was like to live and love in the horrifying summer of 2017, from the perspective of a commitment-phobic peripatetic artist who may or may not be Kathy Acker.
Kathy is a writer. Kathy is getting married. It’s the summer of 2017 and the whole world is falling apart. She spends the first summer of her forties trying to adjust to making a lifelong commitment as Trump is tweeting the world into nuclear war. But it’s not only Kathy who’s changing. Political, social and natural landscapes are all in peril. Fascism is on the rise, truth is dead and the planet is hotting up. Is it really worth learning to love when the end of the world is nigh? And how do you make art, let alone a life, when one rogue tweet could end it all? Olivia Laing radically rewires the novel in a brilliant, funny and emphatically raw account of love in the apocalypse.