Heinrich Böll’s novel, The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum, tells of a quite ordinary, decent young woman whose reputation was suddenly stripped from her by a tabloid newspaper. She, utterly incensed, shot the journalist who had defamed her.
The Guardian and Sarah Tisdall
‘When I think of menopause I don’t think of hot flashes; I am not here to talk about hot flashes.’ Mary Ruefle on menopause.
Urvashi Butalia on the life of transgender Mona Ahmed and her search for a feminine identity.
The Weak Spot
‘Murder class was the new thing, but of course they didn’t call it that. They called it Specialised Life Skills for Girls.’ – Sophie Mackintosh
woman is a construct
‘woman is basically meant / to be a residential complex’ – A poem by Angélica Freitas, translated from the Portuguese by Hilary Kaplan.
Rachel Cusk on motherhood, marriage and separation.
Sweat Shop Labour
‘The aim is to coax the writer out of the isolation which keeps one end of the publishing industry comfortably in the nineteenth century.’
‘On the rampage, he truly did become a devil; it was impossible to restrain him.’ Translated from the Russian by Robert & Elizabeth Chandler.
I Will Never See the World Again
‘I was in a cage because a man had eaten an apple.’ Translated from the Turkish by Yasemin Çongar.