Erling Kagge
Silence in the Age of Noise. The Joy of Shutting out the World

"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."

Erling Kagge

Erling Kagge
Photo: Lars Petter Pettersen

Erling Kagge (b. 1963) is a Norwegian explorer, author, publisher, mountaineer, lawyer, art collector, Rolex model, publisher, and father to three teenage girls. He was the first in history to reach the "three poles" — North, South and the summit of Everest. He has written books on exploration, philosophy and art collecting which have been translated to several languages. Together with urban explorer Steve Duncan, Erling Kagge descended into the subway, sewers and water tunnels of New York in 2010, walking for five days and nights through the mythical underground of the metropolis. The New York Times has described Kagge as "... a philosophical adventurer or perhaps an adventurous philosopher". Now and then he also tries shutting out the world.

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Wahlström & Widstrand, Sweden
Suhrkamp Verlag, Germany
A. W. Bruna, Netherlands
Companhia das Letras, Brazil
People's Press, Denmark
Flammarion, France
Einaudi Stile Libero, Italy
Penguin Random House, World Spanish
Locus, Taiwan
Muza, Poland
Patakis, Greece
Gummerus, Finland
Alma Littera, Lithuania
Modan, Israel
Guy Saint Jean, French North America
Tatsumi, Japan
Knopf, US
Viking Penguin, UK & BCW
Edicions 62, Catalonia
Quetzal, Portugal
Alpina, Russia
Alfa Kitap, Turkey
Park Kiado, Hungary
JSC Lauku Avize, Latvia
Minumsa, South Korea
OMG Books, Thailand
Booky, China
Family Leisure Club, Ukraine
Postimees, Estonia
Premedia Publishing House, Slovakia
PROFIL, Croatia
Jan Melvil Publishers, Czech Republic
Sprotin, The Faroe Islands
Kibea, Bulgaria
First News, Vietnam
Grup Media Litera, Romania
Vida, Slovenia

Other titles

A Poor Collector's Guide to Buying Great Art, 2015
Under Manhattan, 2012
Philosophy for polar explorers. What they don’t teach you in school, 2006
Alone to the South Pole, 1993

Foreign rights

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Edited July 31, 2019 by Stilton Literary Agency