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Alain de Botton was born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1969 and now lives in London. He is a writer of essayistic books, which refer both to his own experiences and ideas- and those of artists, philosophers and thinkers. It's a style of writing that has been termed a 'philosophy of everyday life.'
His first book, Essays in Love [titled On Love in the US], minutely analysed the process of falling in and out of love. The style of the book was unusual, because it mixed elements of a novel together with reflections and analyses normally found in a piece of non-fiction. It's a book of which many readers are still fondest.
Author photo © Vincent Starr
Modern love is never easy. Society is obsessed with stories of romance, but what comes after happily ever after?
Twenty years after his bestselling debut Essays in Love, internationally acclaimed author Alain de Botton returns to fiction with a brilliant new novel about modern relationships What does it mean to live happily ever after? At dinner parties and over coffee, Rabih and Kirsten's friends always ask them the same question: how did you meet? The answer comes easily - it's a happy story, one they both love to tell. But there is a second part to this story, the answer to a question their friends never ask: what happened next? Rabih and Kirsten find each other, fall in love, get married. Society tells us this is the end of the story. In fact, it is only the beginning.
With an introduction by Sheila Heti A unique love story and a classic work of philosophy, rooted in the mysterious workings of the human heart and mind. Perhaps it is true that we do not really exist until there is someone there to see us existing, we cannot properly speak until there is someone who can understand what we are saying in essence, we are not wholly alive until we are loved. A man and a woman meet over casual conversation on a flight from Paris to London, and so begins a love story - from first kiss to first argument, elation to heartbreak, and everything in between. Each stage of the relationship is illuminated with startling clarity, as de Botton explores emotions often felt but rarely understood. With the verve of a novelist and the insight of a philosopher, Alain de Botton uncovers the mysteries of the human heart. Essays In Love is an iconic book - one that should be read by anyone who has ever fallen in love.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 15 March 2012. For too long non-believers have faced a stark choice between either swallowing peculiar doctrines or doing away with consoling and beautiful rituals and ideas. At last Alain de Botton has fashioned a far more interesting and truly helpful alternative.
November 2011 Guest Editor Victoria Hislop selects The Art of Travel... Alain de Botton’s The Art of Travel is a favourite work of non-fiction and only one of several brilliant books by de Botton. His gift, in my view, is his warmth and good humour - he is absolutely brilliant but he does not baffle us with his intellect. He achieves this by diluting complex ideas with wit and levity so that we understand them and even enjoy reading them. I would have studied philosophy at university if the texts books had been written by de Botton. He is a genius and a great communicator - and there is much to be learned from someone who makes complex ideas so comprehensible. The Lovereading view... Offers insights into things that range from holiday romance to hotel mini-bars, airports to sight-seeing.
The photographer Tom Hegen became internationally known with his aerial photographs, which deal primarily with the human landscape. They succeed in making us aware of what humans do with the earth. How we shape and process it, and how we destroy it. What happens now, when airports are in a state of emergency and suddenly have to shut down due to health precautions, as was the case during the coronavirus pandemic? Tom Hegen also took advantage of this historic moment for his work and went of helicopter flights to take unique aerial photographs of resting runways. Strictly structured compositions were created that show the largest German airports in geometric clarity. It is not humankind who intervenes in nature here, but rather nature that influences us.
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER Give the gift of inspiration: an essential guide to living wisely and well, no matter what challenges the world throws at you - from Alain de Botton, the bestselling author of The Consolations of Philosophy, The Art of Travel and The Course of Love This is a book about everything you were never taught at school. It's about how to understand your emotions, find and sustain love, succeed in your career, fail well and overcome shame and guilt. It's also about letting go of the myth of a perfect life in order to achieve genuine emotional maturity. Written in a hugely accessible, warm and humane style, The School of Life is the ultimate guide to the emotionally fulfilled lives we all long for - and deserve. This book brings together ten years of essential and transformative research on emotional intelligence, with practical topics including: - how to understand yourself - how to master the dilemmas of relationships - how to become more effective at work - how to endure failure - how to grow more serene and resilient Praise for Alain de Botton: 'What he has managed to do is remarkable: to help us think better so that we may live better lives' Irish Times 'A serious and optimistic set of practical ideas that could improve and alter the way we live' Jeanette Winterson, The Times 'Alain de Botton likes to take big, complex subjects and write about them with thoughtful and deceptive innocence' Observer
With an introduction by comedian and novelist David Baddiel A novel in seven volumes, Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time is considered a major literary work of the twentieth century. And even more crucially, one that you should have read by now. However, as one of its most distinguishing features is its staggering length, many of us feel intimidated and perhaps, even, fatigued at the thought of diving in. Alain de Botton's hilarious and unexpected Proustian manual, is then, the perfect antidote to this problem. In How Proust Can Change Your Life, de Botton masterfully distils what Proust says about friendship, reading, being alive and taking your time, and mixes it with his own, no less nourishing commentary. As de Botton rereads Proust for our collective benefit, we see the continued relevance of his work and the rich and varied insights he can offer us, from how to reinvigorate your relationship to being a good host. This is Proust as you've never seen him before. He may even change your life.
A legtobb embernek meg felnottkent is nehezseget okoz, hogy oszinten beszeljen vagyairol, azok szama pedig elenyeszo, akik ugy erzik, hogy a szexszel kapcsolatos gondolataik normalisak"e; lennenek. Szeretet es vagy, kaland es elkotelezettseg kozott lavirozva, buntudattal telve eljuk mindennapjainkat. Mindannyian deviansak vagyunk, igaz, csak a normalitas valami roppant torz eszmenyehez viszonyitva"e; - allitja vigasztaloan Alain de Botton. Oszinte hangvetelu konyveben olyan kenyes temakat feszeget, mint a fetisizmus, a [...]
Curiously practicalthis no-nonsense blend of literary biography and self-help unravels how interesting life can be if only you could resist the impulse to rush through the mundane rituals of modern life. Every morning, Marcel Proust sipped his two cups of strong coffee with milk, ate a croissant from one boulangerie, dunking it in his coffee as he slowly read the day's paper with great careporing over each headline and section. Only Alain de Botton could have pulled so many useful insights from the oeuvre of one the world's greatest literary masters. Fascinating and vital, How to Take Your Timewill urge you to find the wisdom in defying ';the self-satisfaction felt by ';busy' menhowever idiotic their businessat ';not having time' to do what you are doing.'A Vintage Shorts Wellness selection. An ebook short.
Ein fesselndes Pladoyer fur das WAGNIS DER LIEBE. Am Anfang ist jede Liebe leicht. Wie aber geht es mit ihr weiter? Wie gelingt es, zu zweit das Gluck zu finden? In seinem neuen Roman durchleuchtet Alain de Botton gnadenlos, aber einfuhlsam die Liebesgeschichte von Rabih und Kirsten. Die Wahl der Ikea-Glaser, das Kennenlernen der Schwiegereltern, die Frage, ob die Butter tatsachlich im Kuhlschrank stehen soll - all das gibt Anlass fur die groten Dramen. Und so wie de Botton mit seinem beruhmten Scharfblick erzahlt, erkennen wir jene Strukturen der Liebe, die uns allen gleichermaen Gluck und Leid bereiten.
Alain de Botton lesen heit GLUCK TANKEN. Alain de Botton ist dafur beruhmt, unseren Blick fur die vermeintlich belanglosen Dinge des Lebens neu und unerwartet zu offnen, mit seinen Augen sehen wir, was uns zuvor nie aufgefallen ist. So begeistert er uns in seinen Essays fur den Charme der Langeweile, fuhrt uns auf uberraschenden Wegen durch den Zoo, erzahlt, was auf einer Fahrt zum Flughafen so alles passiert: Alain de Bottons groe Kunst ist es, allem Unbedeutenden eine verzaubernde Bedeutung abzugewinnen. Und so gehen wir nach der Lekture seiner Texte um eine Erfahrung reicher zuruck in unseren Alltag.
The Course of Love is a return to the form that made Mr. de Bottons name in the mid-1990s.love is the subject best suited to his obsessive aphorizing, and in this novel he again shows off his ability to pin our hopes, methods and insecurities to the page. The New York Times The long-awaited and beguiling second novel from Alain de Botton that tracks the beautifully complicated arc of a romantic partnership, from the internationally bestselling author of How Proust Can Change Your Life. De Bottons essay Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person (The New York Times, May 28, 2016), which draws from The Course of Love, was the #1 most emailed article for days.We all know the headiness and excitement of the early days of love. But what comes after? In Edinburgh, a couple, Rabih and Kirsten, fall in love. They get married, they have childrenbut no long-term relationship is as simple as happily ever after. The Course of Love is a novel that explores what happens after the birth of love, what it takes to maintain love, and what happens to our original ideals under the pressures of an average existence. You experience, along with Rabih and Kirsten, the first flush of infatuation, the effortlessness of falling into romantic love, and the course of life thereafter. Interwoven with their story and its challenges is an overlay of philosophyan annotation and a guide to what we are reading. This is a Romantic novel in the true sense, one interested in exploring how love can survive and thrive in the long term. The result is a sensory experiencefictional, philosophical, psychologicalthat urges us to identify deeply with these characters and to reflect on his and her own experiences in love. Fresh, visceral, and utterly compelling, The Course of Love is a provocative and life-affirming novel for everyone who believes in love.
Die ultimative Gebrauchsanweisung fur NachrichtenjunkiesDie Medien sind allgegenwartig. Uberall prasentieren uns Bildschirme eine neue Gegenwart, fordern standig unsere Aufmerksamkeit. Sind wir einmal auer Sichtweite, zucken wir das Smartphone, damit uns nichts entgeht. Aber diese Nachrichtenflut laugt uns aus, am Ende wissen wir alles und nichts und haben jede Orientierung verloren.Mit einem Buch, das Augen offnet und Konfrontationen auslost, zeigt uns Alain de Botton anhand von 25 alltaglichen Nachrichten, wie diese unseren Kopf besetzen - und was wir dagegen tun konnen.
THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER From one of our greatest voices in modern philosophy, author of The Course of Love, The Consolations of Philosophy, Religion for Atheists and The School of Life - an accessible and eye-opening exploration of our relationship with 'the news' 'His gift is to prompt us to think about how we live and how we might change things' The Times 'De Botton analyses modern society with great charm, learning and humour. His remedies come as a welcome relief' Daily Mail 'Like all classic de Botton, there are plenty of insightful observations here, peppered with some psychology, a dash of philosophy, a big dollop of commonsense' Scotsman 'The news' occupies a range of manic and peculiar positions in our lives. We invest it with an authority and importance which used to be the preserve of religion - but what does it do for us? Mixing current affairs with philosophical reflections, de Botton offers a brilliant illustrated guide to the precautions we should take before venturing anywhere near the news and the 'noise' it generates. Witty and global in reach, The News will ensure you'll never look at reports of a celebrity story or political scandal in quite the same way again.
THE NUMBER ONE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER From one of our greatest voices in modern philosophy, author of The Course of Love, The Consolations of Philosophy, Religion for Atheists and The School of Life The Architecture of Happiness explores the fascinating hidden links between the buildings we live in and our long-term wellbeing 'Engaging and intelligent... Full of splendid ideas, happily and beautifully expressed' Independent 'Alain de Botton takes big, complex subjects and writes about them with thoughtful and deceptive innocence' Observer 'Clever, provocative and fresh as a daisy' Literary Review What makes a house truly beautiful? Why are many new houses so ugly? Why do we argue so bitterly about sofas and pictures - and can differences of taste ever be satisfactorily resolved? To answer these questions and many more, de Botton looks at buildings across the world, from medieval wooden huts to modern skyscrapers; he examines sofas and cathedrals, tea sets and office complexes, and teases out a host of often surprising philosophical insights. The Architecture of Happiness will take you on a beguiling tour through the history and psychology of architecture and interior design, and will change the way you look at your home.
Ungeliebt? Geldsorgen? Frust? ? Liebeskummer? Ihnen kann geholfen werden! Geistreich und originell untersucht Alain de Botton, welche Trostungen die groen Philosophen fur die Lebensprobleme moderner Zeitgenossen bereithalten: Was raten uns Sokrates, Epikur, Seneca, Montaigne, Schopenhauer und Nietzsche, wenn man sie, ihr Leben und Werk befragt? Mit erzahlerischer Verve und bestechendem Witz untersucht Alain de Botton den Nutzen der Philosophie fur das Leben - eine Einladung, ein Kompendium, eine Denkreise.
Flughafen sind die Kathedralen unserer Gegenwart. Nachts sind die erleuchteten Landebahnen selbst vom Weltall aus zu sehen. Ihre Terminals sind Orte von Abschied und Ankunft, ihre Besucher traumen von Ferne, und jeder Luxus scheint duty free.Alain de Botton lebte als erste writer in residence eine Woche lang in London Heathrow. Doch in Terminal 5 entdeckte er weniger Warten und Transit, als ein Brennglas unserer Gegenwart. In unzahligen Geschichten und Begegnungen entwickelt er das rasende Standbild unseres Lebens, ein leuchtendes Kapitel seiner Philosophie des Alltags. Eine Woche Heathrow - die Sehnsucht des Reisens und das Gluck der Ankunft
SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER NUMBER ONE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER From one of our greatest voices in modern philosophy, author of The Course of Love, The Consolations of Philosophy, The Art of Travel and The School of Life 'A serious and optimistic set of practical ideas that could improve and alter the way we live' Jeanette Winterson, The Times 'A beautiful, inspiring book... offering a glimpse of a more enlightened path' Sunday Telegraph 'Smart, stimulating, sensitive. A timely and perceptive appreciation of how much wisdom is embodied in religious traditions and how we godless moderns might learn from it' Financial Times 'There isn't a page in this book that doesn't contain a striking idea or a stimulating parallel' Mail on Sunday Alain de Botton takes us one step further than Dawkins or Hitchens ventured - into a world of ideas beyond the God debate... All of us, whether religious, agnostic or atheist, are searching for meaning. And in this wise and life-affirming book, non-believer Alain de Botton both rejects the supernatural claims of the major religions and points out just how many good ideas they sometimes have about how we should live. And he suggests that non-believers can learn and steal from them. Picking and choosing from the thousands of years of advice assembled by the world's great religions, Alain de Botton presents a range of fascinating ideas and practical insights on art, community, love, friendship, work, life and death. He shows how they can be of use to us all, irrespective of whether we do or don't believe.
THE SCHOOL OF LIFE IS DEDICATED TO EXPLORING LIFE'S BIG QUESTIONS IN HIGHLY-PORTABLE PAPERBACKS, FEATURING FRENCH FLAPS AND DECKLE EDGES, THAT THE NEW YORK TIMES CALLS "e;DAMNABLY CUTE."e; WE DON'T HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS, BUT WE WILL DIRECT YOU TOWARDS A VARIETY OF USEFUL IDEAS THAT ARE GUARANTEED TO STIMULATE, PROVOKE, AND CONSOLE. We don't think too much about sex; we're merely thinking about it in the wrong way. So asserts Alain de Botton in this rigorous and supremely honest book designed to help us navigate the intimate and exciting---yet often confusing and difficult---experience that is sex. Few of us tend to feel we're entirely normal when it comes to sex, and what we're supposed to be feeling rarely matches up with the reality. This book argues that twenty-first-century sex is ultimately fated to be a balancing act between love and desire, and adventure and commitment. Covering topics that include lust, fetishism, adultery, and pornography, Alain de Botton frankly articulates the dilemmas of modern sexuality, offering insights and consolation to help us think more deeply and wisely about the sex we are, or aren't, having.