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Rebecca Solnit

Rebecca Solnit - foto Trent Davis Bailey
Rebecca Solnit - foto Trent Davis Bailey

(USA, 1961) is an art critic, cultural historian, political activist and author of more than 20 highly acclaimed books. She is one of the most important thinkers on the subjects of feminism, climate, art and politics. Her work is translated worldwide and has won many prizes. "I am an abused child, having grown up in a violent household in which everything female was hated," she said in a 2014 interview with In the same year, her collection of essays Men Explain Things to Me was published. In The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness (2017), the essay "Climate Change and Violence" argues that climate change is a form of violence toward the world's population. Other well-known and translated works include Wanderlust (2000), The Mother of All Questions (2017) and Whose Story is This? (2020). In 2020 she also published Recollections of My Non-Existence, dealing with her experiences as a writer and feminist in the San Fransisco in the eighties, a society characterized by violence against and the exclusion of women.

(WN 2022)

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  • Winternachten 2022 – Friday Night Unlimited

    Whose House is This?

    A literary relay with Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Neske Beks, Aafke Romeijn, Rebecca Solnit (online), Robin Block, Pola Oloixarac et al.

    Whose House is This? is Winternachten 2022's festival theme. In this event, we presented an exciting relay of readings and music, in which our festival authors put their own spin on the theme. Together they breathed new life into the house of family, society and literature.

    All angles of the four-day Winternachten Festival were covered in Whose House is This? during a colourful parade of authors and performers. Various voices gave completely different answers to the great question underlying the festival. We listened to stories about being at home, to critical stories about the institutions to which we are subject, to cozy stories built on a solid foundation, and much more.

    Author and artist Neske Beks got her teeth into our theme (and the question is what was left over); author Pola Oloixarac let us in on the fun of Mona, a parody of the literary world; multitalent Aafke Romeijn treated us to music; and writer and activist Rebecca Solnit (Men Explain Things to Me) came home to us on the podium all the way from the United States.

    English spoken.