Silence in the Age of Noise

Erling Kagge

Stillhet i støyens tid
Kagge Forlag 2016
Non Fiction / Essay
92000 Words
Full English translation available

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“Whenever I am unable to walk, climb or sail away from the world, I have learned to shut it out. Learning this took time. Only when I first understood that I had a primal need for silence, was I able to begin my search for it — and there, deep beneath a cacophony of traffic noise and thoughts, music and machinery, i-phones and snowploughs, it lay in wait for me. The silence.”
The author poses three questions: What is silence? Where can it be found? Why is it more important now than ever? What follows in his book are 33 attempts to answer the questions.
A personal, charming and significant book on a topic that powerfully addresses our modern times. Erling Kagge uses his extraordinary experiences to approach silence.
“Shutting out the world is not about turning your back on your surroundings, but rather the opposite: it is seeing the world more clearly, maintaining your direction and taking a stab at loving your life.”

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A bestseller on why finding inner silence is the key to happiness . . . bound to hit our sweet spot for wanting to unplug and disconnect from the world

Evening Standard


The Times

a simply extraordinary book

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