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Heartbreak: The Political Memoir of a Feminist Militant

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Always innovative, often controversial, and frequently polarizing, Andrea Dworkin has carved out a unique position as one of the women's movement's most influential figures, from the early days of consciousness-raising to the "post-feminist" present. A tireless defender of women's rights, especially the rights of those who have been raped and assaulted, and a relentless critic of pornography, Dworkin is one of feminism's most rigorous minds and fiercest crusaders.

In Heartbreak, Dworkin reveals for the first time the personal side of her lifelong journey as activist and writer. By turns wry, spirited, and poignant, Dworkin tells the story of how she evolved from a childhood lover of music and books into a college activist, embraced her role as an international advocate for women, and emerged as a maverick thinker at odds with both the liberal left and the mainstream women's movement. The chronicle of a special life and its times, Heartbreak reveals the emotional price paid by a person who, from the age of six onwards, finds it impossible to compromise. Readers across the political spectrum will be engrossed by Dworkin's memories: refusing to sing Silent Night in grammar school, falling in love with books as a teenager at the local bookstore, fighting to rid Bennington College of parietals, giving away her money on the Orient Express en route to Crete, saving children in Amsterdam, speaking at a battered friend's funeral, fighting for sex workers at a NOW meeting in New Orleans.

In this bittersweet memoir of falling in love with books, ideas, and the fight for social justice, Dworkin displays a writer's genius for expressing emotional truth and an intellectual's gift for conveying the excitement of ideas and words. Beautifully written and surprisingly intimate, Heartbreak is a portrait of a soul, and a mind, in the making.

Review:

"We should all treat Andrea Dworkin like a national treasure for caring enough to engage our passions — wherever upon the political or social spectrum they may fall." Deirdre Bair, author of Simone de Beauvoir, A Biography

Review:

"The moral compass of these anecdotes can be dizzying....This memoir covers little new ground, but at least it's much shorter than Dworkin's previous works." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"She is perhaps the most misrepresented writer in the western world....Her words bleed with love and her vision is oracular. The oracle accuses on behalf of those who are systematically never listened to. The accusations come, in all their stridency, from the music which was originally there in everybody. With Dworkin's words, if you really listen, you can still hear this music. And once you've heard it, you will want — however uncomfortable it is — to put yourself beside her." John Berger, author of To the Wedding

Review:

"If we were to have an Old Testament prophet for feminists, it would be Andrea. But even that is not a good comparison, because she offers not just a voice of anger and justice, but also compassion and redemption." Gloria Steinem

Review:

"The cry of a wounded creature ('I have a heart easily hurt') who cannot or will not let the wounds heal. They fuel her crusade." Kirkus Reviews

Book News Annotation:

Compared by Gloria Steinem to an Old Testament prophet, Dworkin is known as one of the more controversial feminist activists of the late 20th century for her stands against pornography and her declaration that all sex is rape. Here, in her memoirs, she tells of he childhood in Delaware, her activist years at Bennington College, and her transformation into an anti-pornography crusader.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The always innovative, often controversial, and frequently polarizing Andrea Dworkin reveals for the first time the personal side of her lifelong journey as an activist and writer. By turns wry, spirited, and poignant, Heartbreak presents a portrait of a soul--and a mind--in the making.

Synopsis:

Always innovative, often controversial, and frequently polarizing, Andrea Dworkin has carved out a unique position as one of the women's movement's most influential figures, from the early days of consciousness-raising to the "post-feminist" present. A tireless defender of women's rights, especially the rights of those who have been raped and assaulted, and a relentless critic of pornography, Dworkin is one of feminism's most rigorous minds and fiercest crusaders.Now, in Heartbreak, Dworkin reveals for the first time the personal side of her lifelong journey as activist and writer. By turns wry, spirited, and poignant, Dworkin tells the story of how she evolved from a childhood lover of music and books into a college activist, embraced her role as an international advocate for women, and emerged as a maverick thinker at odds with both the liberal left and the mainstream women's movement. Throughout, she displays a writer's genius for expressing emotional truth and an intellectual's gift for conveying the excitement of ideas and words. Beautifully written and surprisingly intimate, Heartbreak is a portrait of a soul, and a mind, in the making.From Hearthbreak: "How did I become who I am? I have a heart easily hurt. I believed that cruelty was most often caused by ignorance. I thought that if everybody knew, everything would be different. I was a silly child who believed in the revolution. I was torn to pieces by segregation and Viet Nam. Apartheid broke my heart. Apartheid in Saudi Arabia still breaks my heart-I don't understand why every story about rising oil prices does not come with an addendum about the domestic imprisonment of women in the Gulf states. I can't be bought or intimidated because I'm cut down in the middle. I walk with women whispering in my ears. Every time I cry there's a name attached to each tear."

About the Author

Andrea Dworkin is one of the most controversial and influential feminist thinkers of our day. She has spoken at colleges, universities, and rallies all over the world and is the co-author (with Catharine A. MacKinnon) of civil-rights legislation recognizing pornography as legally actionable sex discrimination. She is the author of thirteen books, including Pornography, Intercourse, and, most recently, Scapegoat. She lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780465017539
Subtitle:
The Political Memoir Of A Feminist Militant
Author:
Dworkin, Andrea
Publisher:
Basic Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Feminism & Feminist Theory
Subject:
Feminism
Subject:
Feminists
Subject:
Women's Studies
Series Volume:
vol. 8, no 86
Publication Date:
20020220
Binding:
HC
Language:
English
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
8.56x5.75x.82 in. .88 lbs.

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Product details 232 pages Basic Books - English 9780465017539 Reviews:
"Review" by , "We should all treat Andrea Dworkin like a national treasure for caring enough to engage our passions — wherever upon the political or social spectrum they may fall."
"Review" by , "The moral compass of these anecdotes can be dizzying....This memoir covers little new ground, but at least it's much shorter than Dworkin's previous works."
"Review" by , "She is perhaps the most misrepresented writer in the western world....Her words bleed with love and her vision is oracular. The oracle accuses on behalf of those who are systematically never listened to. The accusations come, in all their stridency, from the music which was originally there in everybody. With Dworkin's words, if you really listen, you can still hear this music. And once you've heard it, you will want — however uncomfortable it is — to put yourself beside her."
"Review" by , "If we were to have an Old Testament prophet for feminists, it would be Andrea. But even that is not a good comparison, because she offers not just a voice of anger and justice, but also compassion and redemption."
"Review" by , "The cry of a wounded creature ('I have a heart easily hurt') who cannot or will not let the wounds heal. They fuel her crusade."
"Synopsis" by , The always innovative, often controversial, and frequently polarizing Andrea Dworkin reveals for the first time the personal side of her lifelong journey as an activist and writer. By turns wry, spirited, and poignant, Heartbreak presents a portrait of a soul--and a mind--in the making.
"Synopsis" by ,
Always innovative, often controversial, and frequently polarizing, Andrea Dworkin has carved out a unique position as one of the women's movement's most influential figures, from the early days of consciousness-raising to the "post-feminist" present. A tireless defender of women's rights, especially the rights of those who have been raped and assaulted, and a relentless critic of pornography, Dworkin is one of feminism's most rigorous minds and fiercest crusaders.Now, in Heartbreak, Dworkin reveals for the first time the personal side of her lifelong journey as activist and writer. By turns wry, spirited, and poignant, Dworkin tells the story of how she evolved from a childhood lover of music and books into a college activist, embraced her role as an international advocate for women, and emerged as a maverick thinker at odds with both the liberal left and the mainstream women's movement. Throughout, she displays a writer's genius for expressing emotional truth and an intellectual's gift for conveying the excitement of ideas and words. Beautifully written and surprisingly intimate, Heartbreak is a portrait of a soul, and a mind, in the making.From Hearthbreak: "How did I become who I am? I have a heart easily hurt. I believed that cruelty was most often caused by ignorance. I thought that if everybody knew, everything would be different. I was a silly child who believed in the revolution. I was torn to pieces by segregation and Viet Nam. Apartheid broke my heart. Apartheid in Saudi Arabia still breaks my heart-I don't understand why every story about rising oil prices does not come with an addendum about the domestic imprisonment of women in the Gulf states. I can't be bought or intimidated because I'm cut down in the middle. I walk with women whispering in my ears. Every time I cry there's a name attached to each tear."
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