A Book of Migrations

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Verso Books, Sep 5, 2011 - Travel - 208 pages
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"A brilliant meditation on travel."—The New York Times

In this acclaimed exploration of the culture of others, Rebecca Solnit travels through Ireland, the land of her long-forgotten maternal ancestors. A Book of Migrations portrays in microcosm a history made of great human tides of invasion, colonization, emigration, nomadism and tourism. Enriched by cross-cultural comparisons with the history of the American West, A Book of Migrations carves a new route through Ireland's history, literature and landscape.
 

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Contents

1 The Cave
1
2 The Book of Invasions
11
3 Noahs Alphabet
27
4 The Butterfly Collector
38
5 The Beggars Rounds
61
6 Anchor in the Road
81
7 Wandering Rocks
98
8 Articles of Faith
110
11 The Circulation of the Blood
150
12 Rock Collecting
165
13 The War between the Birds and Trees
175
14 Wild Goose Chase
184
15 Grace
197
16 Travellers
208
17 The Green Room
229
Notes
239

9 A Pound of Feathers
121
10 And a Pound of Lead
132

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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.

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