To Walk Alone in the Crowd by Antonio Muñoz Molina audiobook

To Walk Alone in the Crowd

By Antonio Muñoz Molina
Read by Gary Tiedemann
Read by Gary Tiedemann

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De Quincey, Baudelaire, Poe, Joyce, Benjamin, Melville, Lorca, Whitman: walkers and city dwellers all, collagists and chroniclers, picking the detritus of their eras off the filthy streets and assembling it into something new, shocking, and beautiful. In To Walk Alone in the Crowd, Antonio Muñoz Molina emulates these classic inspirations, following their peregrinations and telling their stories in a book that is part memoir, part novel, part chronicle of urban wandering. A skilled collagist himself, Muñoz Molina here assembles overheard conversations, subway ads, commercials blazing away on public screens, snatches from books hurriedly packed into bags or shoved under one's arm, mundane anxieties, and the occasional true flash of insight—struggling to announce itself amid this barrage of data—into a poem of contemporary life: an invitation to let oneself be carried along by the sheer energy of the digital metropolis. A denunciation of the harsh noise of capitalism, of the conversion of everything into either merchandise or garbage or both, To Walk Alone in the Crowd is also a celebration of the beauty and variety of our world, of the ecological and aesthetic gaze that can, even now, recycle waste into art, and provide an opportunity for rebirth.

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Summary

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Winner of the 2020 Prix Médicis Étranger

A New York Times Book Review pick of Best Books Now in Paperback

De Quincey, Baudelaire, Poe, Joyce, Benjamin, Melville, Lorca, Whitman: walkers and city dwellers all, collagists and chroniclers, picking the detritus of their eras off the filthy streets and assembling it into something new, shocking, and beautiful.

In To Walk Alone in the Crowd, Antonio Muñoz Molina emulates these classic inspirations, following their peregrinations and telling their stories in a book that is part memoir, part novel, part chronicle of urban wandering.

A skilled collagist himself, Muñoz Molina here assembles overheard conversations, subway ads, commercials blazing away on public screens, snatches from books hurriedly packed into bags or shoved under one's arm, mundane anxieties, and the occasional true flash of insight—struggling to announce itself amid this barrage of data—into a poem of contemporary life: an invitation to let oneself be carried along by the sheer energy of the digital metropolis.

A denunciation of the harsh noise of capitalism, of the conversion of everything into either merchandise or garbage or both, To Walk Alone in the Crowd is also a celebration of the beauty and variety of our world, of the ecological and aesthetic gaze that can, even now, recycle waste into art, and provide an opportunity for rebirth.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Traces a long meander from southern Manhattan to the Bronx cottage where Poe once lived.” Wall Street Journal
“[The author’s] collecting newspaper clippings, subway posters, and overheard conversations to create…a modern book of the city, a scrapbook of contemporary life.” New York Times

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Author

Author Bio: Antonio Muñoz Molina

Author Bio: Antonio Muñoz Molina

Antonio Munoz Molina is the author of more than a dozen novels, the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including Spain's National Narrative Prize, the Planeta Prize, the Medici Prize for Foreign Novel, and the Princess of Asturias Award.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 15.11
Audience: Adult
Language: English