“This biography covers the best-known works of the architect Louis Kahn as well as his complicated personal life.”
Featured in New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2017.
“With detailed and sympathetic reporting, Lesser illuminates the complexity of the brilliant architect’s affairs and families.”
Featured in Washington Post’s 50 Notable Non-Fiction Books of 2017.
Winner Of The Marfield Prize, Finalist For The 2018 Pen/Bograd Weld Prize For Biography, One of the Washington Post’s 50 Notable Works of Nonfiction in 2017, a New York Times Notable Book of 2017, and one of Kirkus’s Best Nonfiction Books of 2017…
This book has certainly earned recognitions and awards, hasn’t it?
“Wendy Lesser’s You Say to Brick is easily the most complete narrative of Kahn’s life and career, magnificently researched and gracefully written” says Inga Saffron of the New York Times Book Review and we have to agree with her.
This book is an exploration of Louis Kahn’s life and brilliant work as an architect. Born in Estonia 1901, Kahn was brought to America in 1906. He grew up poverty stricken in Philadelphia but overcame his circumstance so that by the time of his mysterious death in 1974, he was widely recognized as one of the greatest architects of his era.
This enormous reputation was based on only a handful of masterpieces, all built during the last fifteen years of his life. Kahn was a “public” architect because he focused on designing research facilities, government centers, museums, libraries, and other structures that would serve the public good instead of earning corporate commissions.
Beloved by students and admired by colleagues, this man was deceptively simple.
His signature achievements like the Salk Institute in La Jolla, the National Assembly Building of Bangladesh, and the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad seem enigmatic and beguiling at first glance, just as the man who designed them did. Attempting to describe these structures lead to contradictions and paradoxes. Again, just as the man behind the designs.
This novel helps shed light on the man and his elusive genius.