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 emphatically raw account of love in the apocalypse.
A ‘Goodbye to Berlin’ for 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.
Olivia Laing is the author of three acclaimed works of non-fiction. ‘To the River’ was shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize and the Dolman Travel Book of the Year. ‘The Trip to Echo Spring’ was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Prize and the Gordon Burn Prize. The Lonely City won the British Library Writer’s Award, was shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. She writes on art and culture for many publications, including the Guardian, New Statesman and New York Times.
Elizabeth Day is the author of ‘The Party’ A gripping story of betrayal, privilege and hypocrisy, set in the unassailable heart of the British establishment. An Observer Book of the Year, it is also a Richard & Judy Book Club pick for 2018.
She is also the author of ‘Scissors, Paper, Stone’, which won a Betty Trask Award, and ‘Home Fires’. Elizabeth is an award-winning journalist who has worked for the Evening Standard and the Sunday Telegraph and is now a feature writer for the Observer.