feminism

Cover image for The Wonders by Elena Medel

The Wonders by Elena Medel (transl. Lizzie Davis and Thomas Bunstead): Precious independence

Spanish poet Elena Medel’s first novel, The Wonders, was much acclaimed in her homeland, winning the prestigious Francisco Umbral Prize. Unsurprisingly, not being a poetry reader, I’d not heard of her but I’m always keen to read novels by poets and this one’s themes of feminism and class made it very appealing so I put …

The Wonders by Elena Medel (transl. Lizzie Davis and Thomas Bunstead): Precious independence Read More »

A Nail, A Rose by Madeleine Bourdouxhe (transl. Faith Evans): Stories about women

A Nail, A Rose is introduced by Faith Evans who first translated Madeleine Bourdouxhe’s stories thirty years ago after meeting the author then in her early 80s. Evans puts the eight pieces comprising this collection in their historical, political and stylistic context, explaining that in the main they were written in the shadow of the …

A Nail, A Rose by Madeleine Bourdouxhe (transl. Faith Evans): Stories about women Read More »

Cover image

I’ll Take You There by Wally Lamb: Men can be feminists, too

I can’t say I embraced the prospect of Wally Lamb’s new novel entirely enthusiastically: I’d read his first, She’s Come Undone, which was praised to the skies by all and sundry but left me cold, and the blurb mentions ghosts which I found distinctly off-putting. You might wonder, then, why I decided to read it. …

I’ll Take You There by Wally Lamb: Men can be feminists, too Read More »