National Book Critics Circle Award for Pluto contributor, Marina Warner

Marina Warner, a contributor to two new Pluto books – an afterword in Shadow Lives (Pluto, 2013) and the foreword in Memoirs of an Early Arab Feminist (Pluto, forthcoming 2013) – has won the prize for best criticism by the National Book Critics Circle Awards.

Marina’s book, Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights is a study of the Arabian Nights and how it has evolved in its long history.

The National Book Critics Circle sets out to honour outstanding writing and foster a national conversation about reading, criticism and literature; an intent it has fulfilled since 1974. For Marina’s work to be honoured with an award is really something. Pluto is proud to be associated with such a powerful writer.

Marina is a professor at the University of Essex and President of the British Comparative Literature Association. Her website contains further information about her writing and career.

Memoirs of an Early Arab Feminist

The Life and Activism of Anbara Salam Khalidi

Anbara Salam Khalidi. Foreword by Marina Warner. Translated by Tarif Khalidi

The first English translation of the memoirs of Anbara Salam Khalidi, the iconic Arab feminist.

“These memoirs are a fascinating record of experiences witnessed by a pioneer feminist in Beirut whose name is rightly synonymous with the feminist, social and literary renaissance of the Arab East. … From now on [neither] the history of Beirut in the modern period nor the history of the modern feminist movement in the Arab world [can] be written without reference to these very memoirs. “ – Kamal Salibi, prominent Lebanese historian and former Professor of History at the American University of Beirut

“Reading the memoir of Anbara Salam Khalidi is an inspiring and disturbing experience: here is a truly exceptional woman, who was moved throughout her life by those qualities that remain the highest ethical ideals: courage, love, generosity, independence of spirit–and modesty. But as well a poignant and forthright picture of an individual woman’s life, the book was immediately recognised as a major work of historical testimony when it appeared in 1978. Anbara stands witness to a momentous period [of history]; throughout, she was in the vanguard of reform, present and active at key turning points of the turbulent twentieth century. … These memoirs have rightly become a classic with the Arabic public, and now, in her son Tarif Khalidi’s translation, can at last reach Anglophone readers. The book offers us unparalleled insight into a rare human being, whose fascinating account of her life will make every reader wish to have known her; her story sharpens the sense that the freedoms that some of us are fortunate to enjoy were hard-won by forebears like Anbara.” – Marina Warner, from the foreword

£16.99 only £15.00 on the Pluto site

Shadow Lives

The Forgotten Women of the War on Terror

Victoria Brittain. Foreword by John Berger. Afterword by Marina Warner

Reveals the impact on the wives and families of men incarcerated in Guantanamo, or in prison in Britain and the US, during the ‘war on terror’.

“A searching, sensitive, and wrenching account of the ordeal of the women left behind, their torment, their endurance and courage, their triumphs over the cruel “extension of prison to home.” And not least, a revealing picture of what we have allowed ourselves to become.
– Noam Chomsky

“This is a window into an invisible world…a reminder that abandoning normal legal standards has serious consequences for the Rule of Law.” – Helena Kennedy, QC

£14.99 only £13.00 on the Pluto site

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