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The Long Field Pamela Petro

The Long Field By Pamela Petro

The Long Field by Pamela Petro


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The Long Field burrows deep into the Welsh countryside to tell how this small country became a big part of an American writer's life. Petro twines her story around that of Wales by viewing both through the lens of hiraeth, the name for the bone-deep longing for something or someone - a home, culture, language, or a younger self.

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The Long Field: A memoir by Pamela Petro

The Long Field burrows deep into the Welsh countryside to tell how this small country became a big part of an American writer's life. Petro, author of Travels in an Old Tongue, twines her story around that of Wales by viewing both through the lens of hiraeth, a quintessential Welsh word famously hard to translate. It literally means long field, but is also more than the English approximation of homesickness. It's a name for the bone-deep longing felt for someone or something--a home, culture, language, a younger self--that you've lost or left behind. Hiraeth is embodied by Arthur, King of the Once and Future, but never the Present. It is, above all, an acknowledgement of the presence of absence in our lives. The Long Field braids the hiraeth Petro has experienced personally--as an American who pines for Wales; as a gay woman in a same-sex relationship; as the survivor of a horrific train crash; as the daughter of a parent with dementia--into the essential hiraeth stories of Wales. Along the way Petro looks at hiraeth in traditional and radically new ways: queer hiraeth, the hiraeth of technology, ancestry, minorities, the environment, and politics in the age of Brexit and Trump. Petro's hiraeth is not only an awareness of loss and longing but also a creative response to absence and loss, which she sees as the genius of Welsh culture and the wellspring of all creativity.

About Pamela Petro

Pamela Petro is the author of three previous creative nonfiction books, including Travels in an Old Tongue: Touring the World Speaking Welsh. She is a Fellow at the University of Wales, Trinity St David, where she directs the Dylan Thomas Summer School in Creative Writing. Pamela is also a photographer and word-and-image artist. She teaches creative nonfiction and graphic novel to undergraduate and postgraduate students in the U.S., and holds a BA from Brown University and an MA from the University of Wales.

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GOR012137736
9781908213853
190821385X
The Long Field: A memoir by Pamela Petro
Used - Like New
Hardback
Little Toller Books
20210914
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