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Author: Lauren Elkin Narrator: Abby Craden Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2017 ISBN: 9781541475380
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The flâneur is the quintessentially masculine figure of privilege and leisure who strides the capitals of the world with abandon. But it is the flâneuse who captures the imagination of the cultural critic Lauren Elkin.

In her wonderfully gender-bending new book, the flâneuse is a “determined, resourceful individual keenly attuned to the creative potential of the city and the liberating possibilities of a good walk.” Virginia Woolf called it “street haunting”; Holly Golightly epitomized it in Breakfast at Tiffany’s; and Patti Smith did it in her own inimitable style in 1970s New York.

Part cultural meander, part memoir, Flâneuse takes us on a distinctly cosmopolitan jaunt that begins in New York, where Elkin grew up, and transports us to Paris via Venice, Tokyo, and London, all cities in which she’s lived. We are shown the paths beaten by such flâneuses as the cross-dressing nineteenth-century novelist George Sand, the Parisian artist Sophie Calle, the wartime correspondent Martha Gellhorn, and the writer Jean Rhys. With tenacity and insight, Elkin creates a mosaic of what urban settings have meant to women, charting through literature, art, history, and film the sometimes exhilarating, sometimes fraught relationship that women have with the metropolis.

Flâneuse will inspire you to light out for the great cities yourself.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Deliciously spiky and seditious.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “[A] pastiche of travel writing, memoir, history, and literary nonfiction….[with] some of the pleasures of each.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Makes a forceful case for the genderless joy and vital importance of striking out for the territory―on foot . . . Flâneuse is a stimulating read whose itinerary ranges from wanderlust and space as a ‘feminist issue’ to self-definition in connection with a specific place.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • Shortlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay
  • A New York Times Notable Book of 2017

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About the Author

Lauren Elkin is an author whose essays have appeared in many publications, including the New York Times Book Review, Frieze, and the London Times Literary Supplement, and she is a contributing editor at the White Review.

About the Narrator

Abby Craden has been a professional actress and voice artist for over sixteen years and can be heard in numerous television and radio commercials, video games, and audiobooks. She has twice won the AudioFile Earphones Award.