- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Granta Magazine; 2011 Spring ed. edition (May 19 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1905881347
- ISBN-13: 978-1905881345
- Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.3 x 20.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 440 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,168,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Granta 115: The F-Word Paperback – May 19 2011
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About the Author
John Freeman was the editor of Granta since 2009. He is the author of The Tyranny of E-Mail and How to Read a Novelist, and former president of the National Book Critics Circle. His criticism has appeared in the Guardian, the Independent and the Times and the Wall Street Journal. His poems have appeared in the New Yorker and Zyzzyva and the Paris Review.
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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.