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By Rebecca Solnit

Rebecca Solnit has made a vocation of traveling into tricky territory and reporting again, as an environmentalist, antiglobalization activist, and public highbrow. Storming the Gates of Paradise, an anthology of her crucial essays from the earlier ten years, takes the reader from the Pyrenees to the U.S.--Mexican border, from San Francisco to London, from open sky to the inner most mines, and from the antislavery struggles of 2 hundred years in the past to today’s road protests. The approximately 40 essays gathered right here include a distinct guidebook to the yank panorama after the millennium—not simply the deserts, skies, gardens, and desolate tract components that experience lengthy made up Solnit’s material, however the social panorama of democracy and repression, of borders, ruins, and protests. She ventures into territories as darkish as criminal and as elegant as a huge vista, revealing good looks within the cruelest panorama and political fight within the such a lot it seems that serene view. Her creation units the tone and the book’s overarching subject matters as she describes Thoreau, leaving the penal complex mobile the place he were constrained for refusing to pay warfare taxes and continuing on to his favourite huckleberry patch. during this manner she hyperlinks excitement to politics, brilliantly demonstrating that the trail to paradise has frequently run via prison.

These startling insights on present affairs, politics, tradition, and background, consistently expressed in Solnit’s pellucid and sleek prose, regularly revise our perspectives of the differently traditional and popular. Illustrated all through, Storming the Gates of Paradise represents contemporary advancements in Solnit’s pondering and gives the reader a breathtaking international view enriched by way of her often provocative, inspiring, and hopeful observations.

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