A groundbreaking volume from Lamda Award-winning editors Naomi Holoch and Joan Nestle, The Vintage Book of International Lesbian Fiction presents a range of literary voices--from twenty-seven countries spanning six continents--and offers glimpses of lesbian life in unfamilar, often exotic climes.
We follow an Irish woman as she travels through time in search of a wronged maiden, and anticipate the harrowing fate of a married Indian woman who pursues pleasure with her female lover under the shadow of her husbands suspicious rage. We meet a teacher in Barcelona who locks herself up in her grandmother's house with her young Columbian student, and witness a Slovenian woman's rendezvous with her long dead lover.
This collection includes the work of familiar writers, as well as a number never before published in English. From the West Indies to Eastern Europe, the Middle East to Southeast Asia, Latin America to South Africa, the distinctive stories found in these pages evoke the diverse political, cultural, emotional, and sexual landscapes of each writer's life. A groundbreaking volume from the Lamda Award-winning editors Naomi Holoch and Joan Nestle, who also wrote the introduction, this collections evokes the universal urgency of persistent desire.
Table of Contents:
Mary Dorcey, "Ireland" "from" A Noise from the WoodshedMakeda Sivera, "Jamaica"Caribbean ChameleonMireille Best, "France"Stephanie's BookChristina Peri Rossi, "Uruguay"Final Judgement "and" Singing in the DesertShani Mootoo, "India-Trinidad-Canada"Lemon ScentMarguerite Yourcenar, "Belgium"Sappho or SuicideEmma Donoghue, "Ireland"Looking for PetronillaSylvia Molloy, "Argentinafrom" Certificate of AbsenceDale Gunthorp, "South Africa"GypsophilaKaren Williams, "South Africa"The Came at DawnCynthia Price, "South Africa"Lesbian BedroomsAlifa Rifaat, "Egypt"My World of the UnknownYasmin V. Tambiah, "Sri Lanka"The Civil War, Sandalwood, Transl(iter)ation I, "and" Transl(iter)ation II (for Aruna and Giti)Dionne Brand, "Trinidad"Madame Alaird's BreastsViolette Leduc, "Francefrom" L'AphyxieAnchee Min, "Chinafrom"Red AzaleaGerd Brantenberg, "Norwayfrom" Four WindsEsther Tusquets, "Spainfrom" The Same Sea as Every SummerKaren-Susan Fessel, "Germany"Lost FacesMar$#237;a Eugenia Alegria Nunez, "Cuba"The Girl Typist Who Worked for a Provincial Ministry of CultureNgahuia Te Awekatuku, "Aotearoa/New Zealand"Paretipua, Old Man Tuna, "and"Watching the Big GirlsDacia Maraini, "Italyfrom"Letters to MarinaRosamaria Roffiel, "Mexico"Forever Lasts Only a Full MoonAnna Blaman, "Hollandfrom" Lonely AdventureChrista Winsloe, "Germanyfrom" The Child ManuelaAchy Obejas, "Cuba"WatersNicole Brossard, "Canadafrom"Mauve DesertGila Svirsky, "Israel"Meeting NataliaMaureen Duffy, "Englandfrom"The MicrocosmJeanne D'Arc Jutras, "Canadafrom" GeorgieSuzana Tratnik, "Slovenia"Under the Ironwood TreesElena Georgiou, "Cyprus"Aphrodite's VisionEtel Adnan, "Lebanonfrom" In the Heart of the Heart of Another CountryGina Schein, "Australia"Minnie Gets Married