Helen Zahavi

Helen Zahavi

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London, The United Kingdom



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Helen Zahavi is a British novelist who worked as a Russian-English translator before becoming a writer.

Her first novel, Dirty Weekend (1991), is about a young woman who is tormented by a predatory neighbour until she finally has enough. So with a smile on her lips and a gun in her hand she goes out in the night and kills seven perverts in two days.

The book caused a media storm on publication and critical reaction was extreme and polarised. A half-page article in The Sunday Times questioning the book's morality and the author's sanity set the tone for much of the press comment that followed. The novel was attacked by Salman Rushdie, defended by Naomi Wolf, and analysed at length in both the broadsheet and popular press.

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Average rating: 3.59 · 405 ratings · 63 reviews · 5 distinct works · Similar authors
Dirty Weekend
3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 358 ratings — published 1991 — 15 editions
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True Romance
3.25 of 5 stars 3.25 avg rating — 24 ratings — published 2011 — 4 editions
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Donna And The Fatman
2.94 of 5 stars 2.94 avg rating — 16 ratings — published 1998 — 4 editions
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Brighton Boy
3.0 of 5 stars 3.00 avg rating — 3 ratings — published 2013
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Böse Mädchen Lieben Besser....
3.25 of 5 stars 3.25 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 1997
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“She could never take an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. The weak and flaccid parity would make her nearly puke. She wants an eye for a tooth, and a life for an eye.”
Helen Zahavi, Dirty Weekend

“She's no-one special. England's full of wounded people. Quietly choking. Shrieking softly so the neighbours won't hear. You must have seen them. You've probably passed them. You've certainly stepped on them. Too many people have had enough. It's nothing new.”
Helen Zahavi, Dirty Weekend

“She smiled at him. It was her special smile. Her please go away you piece of sub-proletarian turd smile.”
Helen Zahavi, Dirty Weekend
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