The Faraway Nearby

The Faraway Nearby

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Synopsis

Gifts come in many guises. One summer, Rebecca Solnit was bequeathed three boxes of ripening apricots, which lay, mountainous, on her bedroom floor - a windfall, a riddle, an emergency to be dealt with. The fruit came from a neglected tree that her mother, gradually succumbing to memory loss, could no longer tend to. From this unexpected inheritance came stories spun like those of Scheherazade, who used her gifts as a storyteller to change her fate and her listener's heart. As she looks back on the year of apricots and emergencies, Solnit weaves her own story into fairytales and the lives of others - the Marquis de Sade, Mary Shelley and Ernesto 'Che' Guevara. She tells of unexpected invitations and adventures, from a library of water in Iceland to the depths of the Grand Canyon. She tells of doctors and explorers, monsters and moths. She tells of warmth and coldness, of making art and re-making the self.

Book information

ISBN: 9781847085122
Publisher: Granta Publications
Imprint: Granta Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 813.6
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 259
Weight: 192g
Height: 198mm
Width: 131mm
Spine width: 18mm