The Vanishing Art of Seizing the Day
The first ever cultural biography of carpe diem and a call to seize back the true meaning of ‘seize the day’.
Existentialism is back
Carpe diem – ‘seize the day’ – is one of the oldest pieces of life advice in Western history. But its true spirit has been hijacked by ad men and self-help gurus, reduced to the instant hit of one-click online shopping, or slogans like ‘live in the now’. We need to reclaim it to make sense of our complex, confusing times.
The last great expression of carpe diem was in the electrifying existential philosophy of the 1940s. Today it’s an idea that challenges us to confront our mortality and live with greater passion and intention rather than scroll mindlessly on our phones or allow freedom to become a mere choice between brands.
In Carpe Diem Regained, Roman Krznaric reinvents existentialism for our age of information and choice overload. An essential and empowering work of contemporary philosophy, the book unveils the surprising ways of seizing the day that humankind has discovered over the centuries, ones we urgently need to revive.
Carpe diem is the existentialism for our times.
“I’ve started reading Roman Krznaric’s Carpe Diem Regained: The Vanishing Art of Seizing the Day – and it’s brilliant. One of those rare books that forces you to ask what the hell you’re doing with your life.”
George Monbiot, Guardian
“I have always been inspired by carpe diem so I'm delighted to have your book.”
Dame Judi Dench
“With more than ever distracting us, it’s an insightful guide to staying foc – er, what did you want?”
Best Books for Summer, Forbes
“A rather wonderful new book is trying to seize back the noble art of day-seizing.”
Viv Groskop, The Pool
“As always Roman takes a unique look at the world we’ve created. Insightful and thought provoking.”
“A profound, playful book for wannabe grown-ups who love life”
Sir Tim Smit
“Bracing and elegant: a timely corrective to contemporary follies, from mindfulness to workaholism”
“Wise and uplifting… the perfect reminder that life is short and fragile”
“Stunningly good… a modern classic of contemporary philosophy”
“Insightful, inspiring and instructive”