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Granta 115: The F Word [Kindle Edition]

John Freeman
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Women in the twenty-first century - from Kent to Accra - still live in a world in which the balance of power remains tipped towards men.

This bold, political issue of Granta will explore this dynamic from a wide variety of literary genres and perspectives. Rachel Cusk provides a startlingly honest account of a marriage, its breakdown, and the aftermath; Caroline Moorehead gives voice to women who took part in the French Resistance--and were sent to Nazi death camps for their involvement. Urvashi Butalia writes of a male-to-female transsexual in India, who discovers all the obstacles of her adopted sex; A.S. Byatt lays bare the sexism of 1960s academia.

The issue features new fiction from Edwidge Danticat, Julie Otsuka, Louise Erdrich and Jeanette Winterson. In 'Night Thoughts', Helen Simpson hilariously sends up all the sacred pieties of the male provider. 'The Sex Lives of African Girls', introduces an astonishing new voice, Taiye Selasi, who spins a haunting story about the way adult sexuality can be imposed upon the young.

With award-winning reportage, memoir and fiction, over the years Granta has illuminated the most complex issues of modern life through the refractory light of literature. 'The F Word' will continue this tradition by addressing a theme many readers know has never lost its urgency.

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About the Author

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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  • File Size: 2625 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Magazine (May 19, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055CMORU
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant women only collection June 16, 2011
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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This is a remarkable collection of writing about women and female-ness, even in quality (very fine) but extraordinarily diverse in setting and style. To read it in one dose is to get a very strange sensation of how absent these perspectives are in the normal run of things and how deep and interesting it is possible to render them. Should probably be read by all men once a year.
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