Zami: A New Spelling of my Name - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)
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Zami: A New Spelling of my Name - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)

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Lorde’s first and only novel Zami was classed a “biomythography”, which combines myth, history, and biography through a narrative form, detailing her childhood in New York City, and navigating life as a black lesbian in 1950s America. This book is an ode to intersectionality, and Lorde will remain someone whose work we must learn from for centuries to come.

If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.

A little black girl opens her eyes in 1930s Harlem. Around her, a heady swirl of passers-by, car horns, kerosene lamps, the stock market falling, fried bananas, tales of her parents' native Grenada. She trudges to public school along snowy sidewalks, and finds she is tongue-tied, legally blind, left behind by her older sisters.

On she stumbles through teenage hardships - suicide, abortion, hunger, a Christmas spent alone - until she emerges into happiness: an oasis of friendship in Washington Heights, an affair in a dirty factory in Connecticut, and, finally, a journey down to the heat of Mexico, discovering sex, tenderness, and suppers of hot tamales and cold milk.

This is Audre Lorde's story. It is a rapturous, life-affirming tale of independence, love, work, strength, sexuality and change, rich with poetry and fierce emotional power.

'Zami is important because of its descriptions of growing up a black lesbian feminist in the 1950s, with open, unapologetic, vivid descriptions of women's relationships' - The Guardian 

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241351086
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 236 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'I came across Audre Lorde's Zami, and I cried to think how lucky I was to have found her. She was an inspiration. At last I felt I fitted in.' - Jackie Kay

'Excellent and evocative... personal honesty and lack of pretentiousness shine through the writing. Her experiences are painted with exquisite imagery' - The New York Times 

'Zami is important because of its descriptions of growing up a black lesbian feminist in the 1950s, with open, unapologetic, vivid descriptions of women's relationships' - The Guardian 

'Her work is so quotable. It has the zeitgeist factor. Now, just as much as ever, we need the voice of Audre Lorde' - New Statesman 

'Lorde's examination of her multiple outsiderness pried my sheltered mind wide open' - Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home

'Zami is just the best' - Vice 

'Zami made me realise that I was not alone ... that I, too, could be as courageous and as loud with my truths' - Elle Magazine 

'Zami feels larger than life - almost legendary - while remaining grounded, intimate and moving' - Cosmopolitan 

'The truth of her writing is as necessary today as it's ever been' - The Guardian

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“Memoir at it's Best”

The quality of writing in Lorde's autobiography gives a good indication of how eloquent her essays and poetry are. Her accounts of growing up under the oppression of racism and grappling with her emerging status... More

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