Galia Solomonoff

Architect / United States / Solomonoff Architecture Studio; Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University

Galia Solomonoff’s Book List

In 1975, my parents burned a significant and dear part of our library as Isabel Perón signed a number of decrees empowering the military to “annihilate” the Argentine left. It was a Sunday morning in winter. We were at our suburban house on the Paraná River and I was seven. I passed books to my father in silence; we did a barbecue to cover up the burning of the books. I passed an annotated volume of Charles Fourier—I don’t remember the title, but I remember it was red, leather-bound, and about 4 x 7 inches.

The respect for books has been with me ever since. The sense that books can change the world, unite people and make us better. The sense that knowledge is power and that somewhere in the world right now someone is being attacked for what they read or think.

The list of books below is eclectic. Some of these books have marked my thinking, and others have taken me to another time and place.

4 books
Niall Ferguson

This book offers a concise history of money and economic structures, from ancient Mesopotamia to the subprime mortgage crisis, and links all nations and narratives with a balanced amount of detailed financial information and history.

Patti Smith

A painful and lovingly written story about young creative talent struggling to survive in New York and making it! It makes me pause every time I see a twenty-something counting change to pay for anything. Most of the narrative happens in Chelsea in the 1980s. Where was the drug-ridden Alberton Hotel? I must find out…

Naomi Klein

From Iraq to tsunamis to Katrina, Naomi Klein explains the predatory advance of entities such as Blackwater and Halliburton and how infrastructure disaster relief has shifted from humanitarian and national efforts to private and for-profit groups. She traces the ascent of Milton Friedman and the Chicago School of Economics free market team and how this progressively leads to an extreme form of capitalism.

Gilles Deleuze
Félix Guattari

Fabian, my husband, bought this book in 1988, on a trip back to Argentina. I remember reading Anti-Oedipus (volume 1 of Capitalism and Schizophrenia, 1972) numerous times together—and this is the book that I envision fighting over if we ever consider divorce!

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