Everybody: A Book About Freedom by Olivia Laing

Everybody: A Book About Freedom by Olivia Laing

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Through the work of iconic figures such as Sigmund Freud, Andrea Dworkin and Malcolm X, the author of The Lonely City and Funny Weather delivers both an exultant celebration and trenchant critique of bodily freedom and the body’s connection to human rights.

 

At a moment in which basic rights are once again in danger, Olivia Laing conducts an ambitious investigation into the body and its discontents, using the life of the renegade psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich to chart a daring course through the long struggle for bodily freedom, from gay rights and sexual liberation to feminism and the civil rights movement.

 

Drawing on her own experiences in protest and travelling from Weimar Berlin to the prisons of McCarthy-era America, Laing grapples with some of the most significant and complicated figures of the past century, among them Nina Simone, Sigmund Freud, Susan Sontag and Malcolm X. Everybody is a crucial examination of the forces arranged against freedom and a celebration of how ordinary human bodies can resist oppression and reshape the world.