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Mercy

Andrea Dworkin

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ISBN 10: 0436200139 / ISBN 13: 9780436200137
Published by Secker Warburg, 1990
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Title: Mercy

Publisher: Secker Warburg

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: First Edition.

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A novel dealing specifically with the issue of rape, which follows the journey of its everywoman protagonist from childhood to adulthood and examines the often brutal forces which shape and colour her life. The author has also written "Letters From a War Zone" and "Ice and Fire".

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In her nonfiction books ( Letters from a War Zone ) and her first novel ( Ice and Fire ) Dworkin established a reputation as a provocative writer of feminist literature. She gives her own name to the protagonist/narrator of this powerful, almost frenzied, admittedly autobiographical novel that chronicles her life and sexual victimization. "Andrea" gets her first taste of sex at age nine when she is molested in a movie theater. A rebellious teenager, she hangs out in Greenwich Village, idolizes Allen Ginsberg and is swept up into the peace movement. Penniless, streetwise but not street-smart, Andrea is continually and brutally raped by lovers, acquaintances, strangers. The novel's unparagraphed prose--like Andrea, intense, jumpy, impassioned--brilliantly captures the narrator's mental and physical degradation. As her life disintegrates, she repeats three facts--her name, her place of birth and the poet Walt Whitman's address in Camden, N.J., on a street where she was born--as a mantra anchoring her to reality. The most sexually graphic and horrifying scenes involve her marriage to a European revolutionary who abuses and burns her as she desperately tries to be a good bourgeois housewife. It is no wonder that the novel's ending finds Andrea committed to the women's movement. While Andrea's high-pitched voice is at first hard to take, its vehemence and candor build to a convincing indictment of a society that tolerates violence against women. 25,000 first printing; author tour.
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