Captive by Claudine Dumont, tr. David Scott Hamilton #WITMonth

The plot of Claudine Dumont’s debut novel, Captive, is fast-moving. We’re given just a glimpse of the protagonist’s, Emma’s, life before she’s ripped out of it. “I’m afraid of the dark. That’s what happens when I drink too much. And I drink too much. Often. And for some time now, even on weeknights. I can’t get to sleep without it. I can’t forget the empty … Continue reading Captive by Claudine Dumont, tr. David Scott Hamilton #WITMonth

A New Ol’ Girls Club

The blogger Biblibio posted a call to arms in this December 9th post Where In the World Are Women Writers?  and the follow-up Women in translation – responses.  After informally crunching the numbers he/she came to the conclusion that less than 30% of the literature translated into English is written by women.  After reviewing my reading history I came up with results that were startlingly similar. … Continue reading A New Ol’ Girls Club

Women & Islam in the Middle East: “See With Disbelieving Eyes the Black Luster of Unleashed Hair”

I’m currently in the thick of the novel Censoring an Iranian Love Story by Shahriar Mandanipour.  It’s a challenging read. Everything about it feels foreign – the setting, the phrasing, the cultural references. But the author is talented and I’ve a feeling  it will be worth the work. So, while you wait for me to finish, I have two offerings that provide a gateway into … Continue reading Women & Islam in the Middle East: “See With Disbelieving Eyes the Black Luster of Unleashed Hair”