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Across the Acheron

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  20 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Wittig describes an extraordinary journey through the infernal regions towards a paradisaical land. Angels ride motorcycles, and cruelty and suffering are unknown on the other side of the Acheron, the legendary river of sorrows. Wittig reveals her poetic, sometimes humorous story in a vivid and highly individual style, creating a kaleidoscopic mixture of the mythological a...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 5th 1987 by Peter Owen Publishers (first published 1985)
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Wittig is one of my all-time feminist heroes and Across the Acheron just reinforces that. Incredibly entertaining, extremely clever take off on Dante's Inferno on a feminist premise with some really hilarious and insightful passages. Women in the feminist movement could still learn a lot from Wittig's wisdom about our current political situation.
Di questo libro ho apprezzato molto prima di tutto il suo potere di evocare immagini. Ogni capitoletto ci porta nuove, spesso atroci visioni sulla condizione femminile e il fatto che il punto di vista sia quello lesbico, sottolinea ancor di più questa condizione subalterna della donna. Sebbene la simbologia sia spesso cruda, l'ironia con cui l'autrice, che è anche il personaggio principale, affronta questo viaggio dantesco dagli inferi al paradiso, riesce ad alleggerire il tutto introducendo anc...more
Corinne  E. Blackmer
An experimental novel in almost the worst sense that uses a postmodern mock epic style as the presumptively appropriate vehicle for representing lesbian lives. I, for one, do not believe that lesbians, by virtue of their sexual orientation, necessarily need to be located outside the purview of well developed realist fiction, as numerous, albeit mainly British, authors have proven. A dull and tedious experience that is not recommended for people who like to enjoy their literary experiences of les...more
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this made me definitely want to read more of wittig's work.

there's a section towards the end, where she repeats the phrase "just like that." it's quite nice.

interesting that she chose for hell to be san francisco?

May 16, 2009 Miriam marked it as to-read
Originally published as Virgile, Non, this recasts the Inferno as a feminist fable, set in a San Francisco dyke bar.
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Monique Wittig was a French author and feminist theorist particularly interested in overcoming gender and the heterosexual contract. She published her first novel, L'opoponax, in 1964 . Her second novel, Les Guérillères (1969), was a landmark in lesbian feminism.
More about Monique Wittig...
The Straight Mind: And Other Essays Les Guérillères The Lesbian Body L'opoponax: Roman Lesbian Peoples: Material for a Dictionary

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