Facing the Mirror - Lesbian Writing from India

Facing the Mirror - Lesbian Writing from India

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Author: Ashwini Sukhankar
Several Contributors/
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Ashwini Sukhankar
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 1999/4
Language: English
Pages: 409
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780140283099


This book brings together the richness and diversity of lesbian existence in India through fiction and poetry, essays and personal history.

For years Indian lesbians have borne silent witness to distorted reflections of their reality. Here they chose to look themselves in the eye. Countering the images of perverse desire generated by decades of lurid speculation, the writers quarried memory and imagination to describe what it really means to be a woman who loves other women.

This book is a revelation for Indian lesbians who have never been exposed to each other's voices in a public domain. For the rest of the world, it is a compelling glimpse into the lives of those who remain unacknowledged in all the spheres of society they inhabit.

These writings do not moderate either passion or anger for the eye of the beholder. The courage, the sensuality, the humor of being lesbian is worn proudly, in its many colors.

CONTENTS: Introduction / Passages - 15 pieces / Home - 16 pieces / Worlds - 18 pieces / Differences 12 pieces / Connections 17 pieces / 19 pieces

EDITOR: Ashwini Sukthankar was born in Mumbai in 1974 and grew up between Papua New Guinea and India. After studying comparative literature at Harvard University, she moved back to Mumbai, where she is a writer and an activist.


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