Down the Road, Worlds Away

 
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Khan, Rahila (pseudonym of Toby Forward)
Published by Virago Upstarts, London (1987)
ISBN 10: 0860689328 ISBN 13: 9780860689324
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Book Description Virago Upstarts, London, 1987. Trade Paperback. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. Illustrated by Cover art by Farida Zaman (illustrator). First Edition; First Printing. Light tone, slight wear. Crisp trade paperback. New old stock of this literary scandal. ; A collection of twelve stories, ostensibly by a British Asian woman, discovered to have been written by a Church of England vicar. Virago is said to have pulped the remaining stock of the book. "Virago felt it necessary to stand by its purely literary judgment, namely that the stories were written "with hard- eyed realism and poignant simplicity"—it had to do so, or it would justly have been accused of applying double standards to work by Asian women and white men, which would have revealed a frankly racist condescension. But Virago decided that politics in this instance was the better part of literature, and was more important, indeed, than whether the book had anything worthwhile or important to say. It therefore refused to sell any more copies of the offending work." - Theodore Dalrymple, The Criterion, May 2005. "By masquerading as 'Rahila Khan', who is both female and Asian, Forward collided with the two most sacred cows of identity politics: gender and race." - K K Ruthven, Faking Literature. A crisp, never sold copy of this uncommon, thought-provoking work.; 100 pages. Bookseller Inventory # BOOKS002658I

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