4 Lessons I Learned: Reading Recollections of My Non-Existence by Rebecca Solnit

18.09.2020 Posted in Red Writing No Comments

I have just put down the new book by Rebecca Solnit, Recollections of My Non-Existence, published in March 2020 by Viking. It portrays a life of a young woman who seeks to become a writer and find her place in a society. Her way to find her place in the modern America is marked by her constantly feeling harrased by men and by fear of violence directed against women silenced by the society.

Rebecca Solnit is certainly one of the most prominent modern female writers. The book is masterfullly written. But for me it was much more than enjoyable reading.

  • It was like a psychology book to better understand myself.
  • It described the experiences I have had that I have never managed to express or did not even know about.
  • It awoke many memories that I had a hard time to recognize.
  • It helped me to come to terms with quite a few events of the past when I was the same age as the writer in the book.

Rebecca Solnit also shares with the reader her interesting vision of art as well as of gay men in a society from the gender-understanding point of view.

On the down side, I expected to learn more about the life of the author and was not very much interested in some of the people portrayed in the book. I also found that some of her experiences were overstated.

Nonetheless the book is beautifully written. It helped me immensely to understand so many things about myself and about trying to find my own voice. Thank you Rebecca!

Recollections of My Non-Existence by Rebecca Solnit

Hardcover, 256 pages / Published March 10th 2020 by Viking

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