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A book for our times: a moving meditation on the tension between loneliness and freedom, individualism and love.
At no time before have so many people lived alone, and never has loneliness been so widely or keenly felt. Why, in a society of individualists, is living alone perceived as a shameful failure? And can we ever be happy on our own? Drawing on personal experience, as well as philosophy and sociology, Daniel Schreiber explores the tension between the desire for solitude and freedom, and the desire for companionship, intimacy, and love. Along the way he illuminates the role that friendships play in our lives—can they be a response to the loss of meaning in a world in crisis? A profoundly enlightening book on how we want to live, Alone spent almost a year on Germany’s bestseller list.

160 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

Philosophy: Philosophy of Society

Psychology: Social Psychology

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“The most moving, memorable books are the ones that attempt to answer questions that the author has been struggling with for his entire life. In Alone, Schreiber—a beautiful writer and, just as important, a beautiful thinker—explores the questions of not just his life, but our age: Who am I if no one loves me? What are the limits of friendship? How does one live with deep and profound loneliness? This is a book for not just this year, but this era.”

Hanya Yanagihara, author of "A Little Life"

Table of Contents

Living Alone
The Kindness of Strangers
Conversations with Friends
Never So Lonely
Ambiguous Losses
Days in Famara


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