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ISBN-13: 9780307739674

From the bestselling writer of The paintings of Travel comes a wittily fascinating exploration of the unusual "non-place" that he believes is the imaginitive middle of our civilization.

Given exceptional entry to at least one of the world’s busiest airports as a “writer-in-residence,” Alain de Botton stumbled on it to be a show off for lots of of the most important crosscurrents of the fashionable world—from our religion in know-how to our destruction of nature, from our international interconnectedness to our romanticizing of the unique. He met tourists from far and wide and spoke with every person from luggage handlers to pilots to the airport chaplain. Weaving jointly those conversations and his personal observations—of every thing from the poetry of room provider menus to the eerie silence in the course of the runway at midnight—de Botton has produced a unprecedented meditation on a spot that almost all folks by no means decelerate adequate to determine truly. Lavishly illustrated in colour by way of well known photographer Richard Baker, A Week on the Airport reveals the airport in all its turbulence and soullessness and—yes—even beauty.

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