A Book of Migrations: Some Passages in Ireland

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Verso, 1998 - History - 194 pages
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.

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Though the scenario is familiar--an American with Irish ancestry travels to Ireland to explore her roots and her identity--this book is not typical. The essays here have a more intellectual bent; the ... Read full review

Contents

The Cave
1
The Book of Invasions
8
Noahs Alphabet
20
The Butterfly Collector
28
The Beggars Rounds
44
Anchor in the Road
58
Wandering Rocks
71
Articles of Faith
79
The Circulation of the Blood
108
Rock Collecting
119
The War between the Birds and Trees
127
Wild Goose Chase
133
Grace
143
Travellers
151
The Green Room
166
Notes
174

A Pound of Feathers
87
And a Pound of Lead
95

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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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