Wanderlust : A History of Walking

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What does it mean to be out walking in the world, whether in a landscape or a metropolis, on a pilgrimage or a protest march? In this first general history of walking, Rebecca Solnit draws together many histories to create a range of possibilities for this most basic act. Arguing that walking as history means walking for pleasure and for political, aesthetic, and social meaning, Solnit homes in on the walkers whose everyday and extreme acts have shaped our culture, from the peripatetic philosophers of ancient Greece to the poets of the Romantic Age, from the perambulations of the Surrealists to the ascents of mountaineers. With profiles of some of the most significant walkers in history and fiction - from Wordsworth to Gary Snyder, from Rousseau to Argentina's Mother of the Plaza de Mayo, from Jane Austen's Elizabeth Bennet to Andre Breton's Nadja - Wanderlust offers a provocative and profound examination of the interplay between the body, the imagination, and the world around the walker.
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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 24mm | 317g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations
  • 9781783780396
  • 33,372

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Radical, humane, witty, sometimes wonderfully dandyish, at other times, impassioned and serious -- Alain de Botton [A] magisterial history of walking -- Will Self * Guardian * A history of walking that is about time and space and consciousness of the world as much as about putting one foot in front of the other * The Times * A writer of startling freshness and precision * New York Times Book Review * Solnit walks, but her prose soars. This is a stunningly original account of the simple, subversive activity that keeps us human. Pedestrians of the world, unite! -- Mike Davis, author * City of Quartz * One of those rare, quirky, rather lovable books that makes you look anew at something so familiar ... Solnit winningly traces the shifting cultural significance of putting one foot in front of another * Telegraph * Thoughtful and fascinating -- Stephanie Merritt * Observer *
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About Rebecca Solnit

REBECCA SOLNIT is author of, among other books, Wanderlust, 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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