“Draupadi”, one of the three short stories from the work ‘Breast Stories’ by Mahasveta Devi, a revolutionary activist and writer, was published in 1978 and first appeared in the collection of political stories Agnigarbha (Womb of Fire). Literary critic and acclaimed feminist Marxist deconstructionist Gayatri Chakraborty Spivak translated this and many of her works from Bengali.
News from Nowhere (1890) is a classic work combining utopian socialism and soft science fiction, written by William Morris.
The true impact of the book doesn’t quite strike you until you’ve actually finished reading The Bastard of Istanbul. The story is too riveting for one to care about anything but the interspersed threads of the characters’ individual stories. Authored by Elif Shafak, parts of the book are set in her motherland Turkey, while others are set in the American cities of Phoenix, Arizona and San Francisco, California. The story traces the lives of four generations of women and how they interconnect with each other, many decades and many hidden secrets later.
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“In the end it’s not because of Islam that we stay at home, but because of French society.”
Joan Wallach Scott is an American historian who specializes in Gender and Intellectual History in France at Princeton University. This testimony reproduced in her book, The Politics of the Veil, sums up the current plight of Muslim women in France. The book aims to discuss the background, justification and the french discourse on the “veil”. It discusses the issue and subsequent ban of the veil in primary schools in regard to the French form of secularism, which is considered to be one of the hallmarks of the French Republic. French secularity, or the policy Laïcité, as it is better known in France, has many interpretations and forms of application.
‘It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope; and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.’ – Robert F. Kennedy