Fiction Andrea Dworkin Mercy

ISBN 13: 9780099961505

9780099961505: Mercy

'I wasn't raped until I was almost ten which is pretty good it seems when I ask around because many have been touched but are afraid to say'. In this stark, powerful and uncompromising novel Andrea Dworkin recreates the experiences of her narrator, a young woman repeatedly raped from childhood to womanhood. The result is "Mercy", a monumental work of fiction which asks the questions: In a culture which still believes that rape is every woman's fantasy, how is it possible to tell our story? How do we make ourselves heard? How are we to be believed? And finally, when woman and children are being raped, tortured and abused every minute of every day, where is God? Are we His pornography? In this inspired and brilliantly sustained novel, Dworkin's narrator takes us on her terrifying journey through the man's world in which we all live. She becomes a forceful and potent symbol of the struggle of all women for dignity, self determination and, above all, freedom.

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From Publishers Weekly:

In her nonfiction books ( Letters from a War Zone ) and her first novel ( Ice and Fire ) Dworkin established a reputation as a provocative writer of feminist literature. She gives her own name to the protagonist/narrator of this powerful, almost frenzied, admittedly autobiographical novel that chronicles her life and sexual victimization. "Andrea" gets her first taste of sex at age nine when she is molested in a movie theater. A rebellious teenager, she hangs out in Greenwich Village, idolizes Allen Ginsberg and is swept up into the peace movement. Penniless, streetwise but not street-smart, Andrea is continually and brutally raped by lovers, acquaintances, strangers. The novel's unparagraphed prose--like Andrea, intense, jumpy, impassioned--brilliantly captures the narrator's mental and physical degradation. As her life disintegrates, she repeats three facts--her name, her place of birth and the poet Walt Whitman's address in Camden, N.J., on a street where she was born--as a mantra anchoring her to reality. The most sexually graphic and horrifying scenes involve her marriage to a European revolutionary who abuses and burns her as she desperately tries to be a good bourgeois housewife. It is no wonder that the novel's ending finds Andrea committed to the women's movement. While Andrea's high-pitched voice is at first hard to take, its vehemence and candor build to a convincing indictment of a society that tolerates violence against women. 25,000 first printing; author tour.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal:

In this work, the well-known author of numerous books on women, feminism, and pornography has created an unusual, highly charged, and formally provocative account of one woman's life of increasingly horrific violence and sexual abuse by men. The book begins when the protagonist, Andrea, is nine years old and has just been the victim of a sexual assault by a stranger in a movie theater. From that point on, the reader is carried at a dizzying pace through chapters in Andrea's progressively darker and more disturbing life until Andrea, at 27, comes to the decision that the only response to the kind of violence she's suffered all her life at the hands of men is simply to start killing them. Unfortunately, the compelling, stream-of-consciousness pacing of the narrative begins to break down early in the book, becoming a harsh diatribe that, ultimately, Dworkin's skill as a writer is not sufficient to carry.
- Jessica Grim, Oberlin Coll. Lib., Ohio
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Andrea Dworkin
Published by Trafalgar Square (1992)
ISBN 10: 0099961504 ISBN 13: 9780099961505
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Book Description Trafalgar Square, 1992. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0099961504

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