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Rebecca Solnit is our Author of the Month for September. A haven for bookworms and tea connoisseurs alike. Book ratings by Goodreads. Solnit gives a powerful counterpoint, drawing on a wide range of examples and writers – including Borges, to my delight.

Foreword to ‘Hope in the Dark’ by Rebecca Solnit

And suddenly I couldn’t hear myself think over the sound of history catastrophically repeating itself. She offers hope in the ability of every individual to make change. For centuries people have revolted over the control that the state or other powerful individuals have tried to exert over the people. There is a lot of evidence for the defense.

It’s funny, while a lot of what she is saying has a lot of relevance, the feeling is still different now. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. For me, personallyI found this to be the absolute wrong moment to read it, because right now, having hope is not something I feel capable of.

It seems insignificant or peripheral until very different outcomes emerge from transformed assumptions about who and what matters, who should be heard and believed, who has rights. And she just gets better. Review quote A short, elegant, passionate polemic on the history and future of progressive political engagement — Robert Macfarlane Time and again Solnit comes running towards you with a bunch of hopes she has found and picked in the undergrowth of the times we are living in.


That said, the book is not without its faults. Perfection was the Eden, that Paradise, that Man and Woman were cast out of due to their disobedience. The speed at which Solnit synthesizes disparate ideas is astounding, and her hopefulness is as inspiring and moving as it ever has been. Facebook Twitter Instagram rss.

It’s remarkable what a different experience it was to read this book after a very full year of activism — like a second-full-time-job-very-full-year of activism.

The darkness is full of possibilities. So the threads of ideas weave around the world and through the decades and centuries.

But on the whole I would say the text really needs to be updated and I wished I had purchased this cheap instead of buying it at full price. Never stop doing the work. For River of ShadowsSolnit was honored with the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism and the Sally Hacker Prize from the Society for the History of Technology, which honors exceptional scholarship that reaches beyond the academy toward a broad audience. A note from the author: Solnit reminds us that choosing to practice hope isn’t delusional or naive, it’s a rational though difficult choice that has always been integral to progress.

This is part of a wider critique of simplistic dichotomous ssolnit, which I found valuable and solnjt. This is a book to give you not just hope but zest for the battles ahead — Adam Hoschschild Hope In the Dark changed my life. But Solnit creates an overall powerful mental armory for the social activist, and I wish I solniit the knack to memorize whole paragraphs of her articulate insights.

Books of the Week. In this book Solnit gives us a timeless vision of cause and effect that will light our way through the dark, and lead us to profound and effective political engagement. It’s our obligation to find and celebrate these forgotten victories in order to remind ourselves of our collective power to change the world and inoculate ourselves against the despair and cynicism that would lead us to willingly forfeit the collective power that all of human history clearly shows we possess.


I’m sorry to quote her again, but she’s just so damn quotable!

View all 18 comments. To ask other readers questions about Hope in the Darkplease sign up. Those who doubt that these moments matter should note how terrified the rebedca and elites are when they erupt.

Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit

But if it works for you, please, by all means, grab it and hold on tight. Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities. I write to give aid and comfort to people who feel overwhelmed by the defeatist perspective, to encourage people to stand up and participate, to look forward at what we can do and back at what im have done. Her pitch, reasonably enough, is to the emotions: Essays – Solnit Trilogy.

While the bulk of this slender book addresses an era several years ago, the act of reading and remembering how past woes have been overcome is in itself an act of hope. But the victories matter, and remembering them matters too.

Hope should shove you out the door, because it will take everything you have to steer nope future away from endless war, from the annihilation of the earth’s treasures and the grinding down of the poor and marginal Again, it’s the very highest work that writing can ever do. Maybe because it was written pre-Trump and a lot of the hopeful thing she says just seem more and more naive with each day. Mar 10, Kristina Horner rated it it was amazing Shelves: Right to my heart.

To the River Olivia Laing. I also loved this: One of the essential aspects of depression is the sense that you will always be mired in this misery, that nothing can or will change.