Pluto contributor Marina Warner to take part in London Review Bookshop event, Thursday 2 May

Marina Warner, a contributor of fore- and after-words to two new Pluto books (Memoirs of an Early Arab Feminist, and Shadow Lives respectively), is due to appear at an LRB event in May.

The cultural theorist will be at the shop to talk about her work with Xavier Bray, Chief Curator of Dulwich Picture Gallery. With Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and the Cult of the Virgin Mary and Joan of Arc: The Image of Female Heroism, both recently reissued by Oxford, Marina Warner was instrumental in setting out a specifically feminist way of writing about art and myth. Thirty years after their first publication, Warner’s ground-breaking studies of the female form in art, myth and religion remain as thrilling as ever – ‘a Catherine wheel of exciting ideas’ as Antonia Fraser wrote in the Guardian.

Tickets are available at £7 from the LRB website. You can find out more by clicking here.

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 as 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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