A Language Older than Words
“(This is) what Franz Kafka said a book should be – an axe for the frozen sea within us.”
Daniel Quinn, author of ‘Ishmael’
“Jensen’s book accomplishes the rare feat of both breaking and mending the reader’s heart.”
Derrick Jensen describes his abusive childhood within the context of our abuse of the planet. This is an evocative memoir of growing up in an abusive home, a statement of environmental activism, a moving portrayal of his relationship with the natural world and a startlingly original work of philosophy challenging conventional wisdom and accepted opinion.
Jensen strives to save his own spirit, in a way that can also prevent the destruction of the planet. It is a story about hope and of finding your own voice to stand against the culture of denial. It describes the way in which our culture silences that it wishes to exploit – women, children, indigenous peoples, other species, our consciences and experiences: silence that is not only economic and social but also personal. It deals with Jensen’s own process of reconnection to humanity and the world around him. In the place of the destructiveness of the dominant culture Jensen offers alternatives that are human, humane and sane.