A Book of Migrations (Paperback)

By Rebecca Solnit

Verso, 9781859841860, 184pp.

Publication Date: June 17, 1998

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (9/5/2011)
Paperback (11/3/2020)

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Strangely positioned between Europe and the post-colonial world, Ireland occupies a fluid and contradictory space, not least in the memory or imagination of its many emigrants. In this exploration of the culture of others, Rebecca Solnit returns to Ireland, armed with a newly-acquired passport - courtesy of otherwise forgotten maternal ancestors. Her journey is not to find a stable identity in ancestral roots, but to confront notions of stability, identity, ethnicity and nationalism in one of their great mythic sources.

About the Author

Rebecca Solnit is author of, among other books, "Wanderlust, A Book of Migrations, A Field Guide to Getting Lost," the NBCC award-winning "River of Shadows" and "A Paradise Built In Hell." A contributing editor to Harper's, she writes regularly for the "London Review of Books" and the "Los Angeles Times." She lives in San Francisco.

Praise For A Book of Migrations

“Truly exceptional, a paradise for readers.”—Kirkus Reviews