A literary ode to peace, presence, and fulfillment inspired by a walk taken with a most surprising creature.
"The demon of speed is often associated with forgetting, with avoidance . . . and slowness with memory and confronting," observes Milan Kundera in his novel Slowness. With that purpose in mind-a search for slowness and tranquility, Andy Merrifield sets out on a journey of the soul with a friend's donkey, Gribouille, to walk amid the ruins and spectacular vistas of southern France's Haute-Auvergne.
As Merrifield contemplates literature, science, truth, and beauty amid the French countryside, Gribouille surprises him with his subtle wisdom, reminding him time and again that enlightenment is all around us if we but seek it.
Andy Merrifield is an independent scholar and author of eleven books and numerous articles, essays and reviews in The Nation, Harper's Magazine, New Left Review, Adbusters, Brooklyn Rail, Radical Philosophy and Dissent. He has spent decades teaching and writing about urbanism, social theory and literature, both inside and outside of a conventional university setting. He has also published three intellectual biographies on Henri Lefebvre, Guy Debord, and John Berger. He is a regular speaker at scholarly, literary and political events on and off-campus. Over the years, he has led a somewhat nomadic existence, residing in the UK, the US, France and Brazil.