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Book Title: Bodies Politic|
Date of issue: 2008
ISBN 13: 9781868422982
The author of the book: Michiel Heyns
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 23.86 MB
Edition: Jonathan Ball Publishers
Read full description of the books Bodies Politic:First off, this is fiction, the imagined lives of the Pankhurst women.
Most children of activists carry some baggage. Emmeline Pankhurst's daughters were feminist activists alongside her. All strong-willed, conflict was inevitable.
A fascinating, intelligently written novel about super-bright, socially conscious, articulate and essentially human women. At the heart of the book is the son who died young, and the resentments arising out of his agonising death from polio. Told from three points of view, the novel makes no judgements, so we are free to speculate.
Is Emmeline Lear? Which of her three daughters is Cordelia? The novel doesn't answer such simplistic questions. What it does is intrigue.
Read information about the authorMichiel Heyns is a South African novelist, translator and literary critic. Until 2003, he was Professor of English Literature at the University of Stellenbosch when the success of his first novel allowed him to become a full-time writer. As an academic he is best known for his work on 19th and 20th century literature, especially his acclaimed study, Expulsion and the Nineteenth-Century Novel: The Scapegoat in English Realist Fiction (Oxford University Press, 1994).
In 2002 he made his debut as a novelist with the comic coming-of-age story, The Children's Day. This was followed by another novel of high comedy, The Reluctant Passenger (2003) which has since been translated into French. His subsequent novels have moved away from the South African milieu: The Typewriter's Tale (2005), which focuses on Theodora Bosanquet, the amanuensis of Henry James, was followed by Bodies Politic (2008), which deals with the English suffrage movement of the turn of the 20th century.
He is also the award-winning translator of Tom Dreyer and Marlene van Niekerk (most famously of her The Way of the Women), and continues to write widely as a literary critic and reviewer.
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