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I Dream with Open Eyes

Nonfiction: Politics
Unabridged   9 hour(s)
Publication date: 12/20/2022

I Dream with Open Eyes

A Memoir

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Digital Download ISBN:9781696610568


A journey of reckoning and renewal, this story of family history and future dreams is an examination of the individual imagination as a catalyst for social change.

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Product Description

Whatever the ideological slant of our information feeds, nowadays we all share a sense of binge-watching the apocalypse. Facing so much uncertainty, we need a language for thinking about the unknown not simply as a threat but also as a space of fertile possibility. George Prochnik has chosen to reflect on these urgent themes through the lens of a personal narrative: an account of his own family's decision to leave the United States.

I Dream with Open Eyes begins with an exploration of Prochnik's ancestral past: the pilgrimage of his mother's family, who were among the first English settlers in the New World. In the aftermath of the 2016 election, a parallel migration unfolds as Prochnik, along with his wife and their son, makes the decision to uproot their lives in New York to move to England.

A deep critique of this current moment, Prochnik takes the words of nineteenth-century poet Heinrich Heine, "I dream with open eyes, and my eyes see," as an inspiration to ask how, as a society, we might use art and literature to refract and expand our vision of the future, while simultaneously generating a new focus on present realities.

Author Bio

George Prochnik was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in general nonfiction in 2021. He is the author of five books of nonfiction, including Stranger in a Strange Land, which was a New York Times editors' choice and was shortlisted for the 2018 Wingate Literary Prize in the United Kingdom.