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In Praise of the Bicycle

by Marc Auge

In Praise of the Bicycle Synopsis

This is the French anthropologist as we've never heard him before: Marc Auge coined the term `non-place' to describe uniquitous, global airports, hotels and motorways filled with anonymous individuals. In this new book, he casts his anthropologist's eye on a subject close to his heart: cycling. In In Praise of the Bicycle, Auge takes us on a personal journey of his own, on a two-wheeled ride around our cities, and on a journey into ourselves. We all remember the thrill of riding a bike for the first time and the joys of cycling. Here he reminds us that these memories are not just personal, but rooted in a time and a place, in a history that is shared with millions of others. Part memoir, part manifesto, Auge celebrates cycling as a way of reconnecting with the places in which we live, and, ultimately, as a necessary alternative to our disconnected world.

In Praise of the Bicycle Press Reviews

In this playful (and playfully illustrated) little book, deftly translated by Fagan, a French anthropologist expounds on his love of cycling. On a bicycle, he asserts, 'you become someone else, and yet you are yourself as never before.' . . . The bicycle . . . is a tool for the realization of humanism. . . . His argument is fast and incautious; he's freewheeling and having great fun. --Joe Mungo Reed New York Times Book Review

Book Information

ISBN: 9781789141382
Publication date: 15th July 2019
Author: Marc Auge
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 96 pages
Categories: Cycling, Memoirs,

About Marc Auge

Marc Auge is a French anthropologist and was Director of Studies at the Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales in Paris. His many books include Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity (1995) and The Future (2014). He lives in Paris.

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