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  • Series: Granta: The Magazine of New Writing (Book 115)
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press, Granta; First Edition edition (June 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905881347
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905881345
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,001,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Freeman’s criticism has appeared in more than 200 newspapers around the world, including the Guardian, the Independent, The Times and the Wall Street Journal. Between 2006 and 2008, he served as president of the National Book Critics Circle. His first book, The Tyranny of E-Mail, was published in October by Scribner in the US and Text in Australia.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. A. Doornbos on June 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
The 115th edition of GRANTA is called "The F-word". Its back cover says it is about Feminism. The title may have offended some persons, booksellers and media. On it is now called "The Dirty Word". Neither title makes sense. This collection by female poets, writers and photographers is not about the four letter F-word. And dirty words are hard to find. Instead, the common theme is what it means to be a woman or becoming one.

To become one is fraught with challenges. Janice Galloway does so in a matter of fact way. But Taiye Selasi creates a 12-year old motherless child in a confused, scary tale, the longest in this volume, about growing up and what she sees in a rich man's mansion with many servants (m/f)in Ghana. Urvasha Batalia portrays in 14 pages the life of Mona, born Ahmed, who felt from his earliest days that he was born in the wrong body and lived a life of not conforming to expectations from every side.

To be a woman is shown as not to be a source of happiness either. But Helen Simpson's "Night Thoughts" is very funny, turning gender issues upside down and offering welcome relief from all the suffering presented: The bitter endings of m/f relationships and between women are well covered. So are mother and daughter feuds.

The only non-fiction piece is about a group of courageous French women deported to German concentration camps to die. One of the few survivors pays an impressive tribute to all of them. Finally, this reader has no antenna for poetry. One or two poems accuse mothers, others are harder to understand.

A good collection of writings from all over the world about Mars and Venus, produced by women only.
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