After Sappho (Paperback)Selby Wynn Schwartz (author)
Told in luminous, deftly crafted fragments, Schwartz's panoramic reimagining of the lives of various nineteenth and twentieth-century feminists - from Josephine Baker and Virginia Woolf to Sarah Bernhard and Colette - is a lyrical masterwork and a celebration of the trailblazing women who helped make the modern world.
Shortlisted for The Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2023
Shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction 2023
Longlisted for The Booker Prize 2022
It's 1895. Amid laundry and bruises, Rina Pierangeli Faccio gives birth to the child of the man who raped her - and who she has also been forced to marry. Unbroken, she determines to change her name; and her life, alongside it.
1902. Romaine Brooks sails for Capri. She has barely enough money for the ferry, nothing for lunch; her paintbrushes are bald and clotted... but she is sure she can sell a painting - and is fervent in her belief that the island is detached from all fates she has previously suffered.
In 1923, Virginia Woolf writes: 'I want to make life fuller - and fuller.'
Told in a series of cascading vignettes, featuring a multitude of voices, After Sappho is Selby Wynn Schwartz's joyous reimagining of the lives of a brilliant group of feminists, sapphists, artists and writers in the late 19th and early 20th century as they battle for control over their lives; for liberation and for justice. Sarah Bernhard - Colette - Eleanora Duse - Lina Poletti - Josephine Baker - Virginia Woolf... these are just a few of the women (some famous, others hitherto unsung) sharing the pages of a novel as fierce as it is luminous.
Lush and poetic; furious and funny; in After Sappho, Selby Wynn Schwartz has created a novel that celebrates the women and trailblazers of the past and also offers hope for our present, and our futures.
Publisher: Galley Beggar Press
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
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