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A Book of Migrations: Some Passages in Ireland

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Publisher Comments:

Strangely positioned between Europe and the postcolonial world, Ireland occupies a fluid and contradictory space, not least in the memory or imagination of its many emigrants. In this sensitive exploration of the culture of others, Rebecca Solnit returns to Ireland, armed with a newly-acquired Irish passport - courtesy of otherwise forgotten maternal ancestors. Her journey is not to find stable identity in ancestral roots but to confront notions of stability, identity, ethnicity and nationalism in one of their great mythic sources. A Book of Migrations is a postcolonial revision of conventional travel literature. In her passage through Ireland, Rebecca Solnit portrays in microcosm a history made of great human tides of invasion, colonization, emigration, nomadism and tourism. Travel itself produces its own versions of memory and identity, and travel's transformation into the information age's pre-eminent industry - tourism - comes under close scrutiny. It is no accident that her journey culminates in an encounter with the Travellers, the indigenous nomads of contemporary Ireland.

Synopsis:

A Book of Migrations is a postcolonial revision of conventional travel literature. In her passage through Ireland, Rebecca Solnit portrays in microcosm a history made of great human tides of invasion, colonization, emigration, nomadism and tourism. Her observations carve a new3 route through Ireland’s history, literature and landscape.

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781859848852
Author:
Solnit, Rebecca
Publisher:
Verso
Location:
London ;
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ireland
Subject:
Walking
Subject:
Historic sites
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Literary landmarks
Subject:
Walking -- Ireland.
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Subject:
Geography
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references.
Series Volume:
v. 37
Publication Date:
19970631
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
9.52x6.46x.70 in. .98 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Europe » Ireland » General
Travel » Travel Writing » General

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"Synopsis" by , A Book of Migrations is a postcolonial revision of conventional travel literature. In her passage through Ireland, Rebecca Solnit portrays in microcosm a history made of great human tides of invasion, colonization, emigration, nomadism and tourism. Her observations carve a new3 route through Ireland’s history, literature and landscape.
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