The Vintage Book of International Lesbian Fiction
By Naomi Holoch
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780679759522, 368pp.)
Publication Date: June 1999
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We follow an Irish woman as she travels through time in search of a wronged maiden, and anticipate the harrowing fate of a married Indian woman who pursues pleasure with her female lover under the shadow of her husbands suspicious rage. We meet a teacher in Barcelona who locks herself up in her grandmother's house with her young Columbian student, and witness a Slovenian woman's rendezvous with her long dead lover.
This collection includes the work of familiar writers, as well as a number never before published in English. From the West Indies to Eastern Europe, the Middle East to Southeast Asia, Latin America to South Africa, the distinctive stories found in these pages evoke the diverse political, cultural, emotional, and sexual landscapes of each writer's life. A groundbreaking volume from the Lamda Award-winning editors Naomi Holoch and Joan Nestle, who also wrote the introduction, this collections evokes the universal urgency of persistent desire.
Table of Contents:
Mary Dorcey, "Ireland""from" A Noise from the WoodshedMakeda Sivera, "Jamaica"Caribbean ChameleonMireille Best, "France"Stephanie's BookChristina Peri Rossi, "Uruguay"Final Judgement "and" Singing in the DesertShani Mootoo, "India-Trinidad-Canada"Lemon ScentMarguerite Yourcenar, "Belgium"Sappho or SuicideEmma Donoghue, "Ireland"Looking for PetronillaSylvia Molloy, "Argentinafrom" Certificate of AbsenceDale Gunthorp, "South Africa"GypsophilaKaren Williams, "South Africa"The Came at DawnCynthia Price, "South Africa"Lesbian BedroomsAlifa Rifaat, "Egypt"My World of the UnknownYasmin V. Tambiah, "Sri Lanka"The Civil War, Sandalwood, Transl(iter)ation I, "and" Transl(iter)ation II (for Aruna and Giti)Dionne Brand, "Trinidad"Madame Alaird's BreastsViolette Leduc, "Francefrom" L'AphyxieAnchee Min, "Chinafrom"Red AzaleaGerd Brantenberg, "Norwayfrom" Four WindsEsther Tusquets, "Spainfrom" The Same Sea as Every SummerKaren-Susan Fessel, "Germany"Lost FacesMar$#237;a Eugenia Alegria Nunez, "Cuba"The Girl Typist Who Worked for a Provincial Ministry of CultureNgahuia Te Awekatuku, "Aotearoa/New Zealand"Paretipua, Old Man Tuna, "and"Watching the Big GirlsDacia Maraini, "Italyfrom"Letters to MarinaRosamaria Roffiel, "Mexico"Forever Lasts Only a Full MoonAnna Blaman, "Hollandfrom" Lonely AdventureChrista Winsloe, "Germanyfrom" The Child ManuelaAchy Obejas, "Cuba"WatersNicole Brossard, "Canadafrom"Mauve DesertGila Svirsky, "Israel"Meeting NataliaMaureen Duffy, "Englandfrom"The MicrocosmJeanne D'Arc Jutras, "Canadafrom" GeorgieSuzana Tratnik, "Slovenia"Under the Ironwood TreesElena Georgiou, "Cyprus"Aphrodite's VisionEtel Adnan, "Lebanonfrom" In the Heart of the Heart of Another CountryGina Schein, "Australia"Minnie Gets Married.
Naomi Holoch is co-editor, with Jon Nestle, of the Women on Women series of anthologies of American lesbian short fiction and the author of short stories and a novel, Offseason. She teaches French language and literature, lesbian and gay fiction, and fiction writing at SUNY-Purchase.
Joan Nestle, author of the award-winning A Restricted Country and A Fragile Union and editor of The Persistent Desire: A Femme-Butch Reader, is also co-founder of the New York-based Lesbian Herstory Archives. Along with Naomi Holoch, she has edited three volumes of Women on Women anthologies. She also had the honor of working with John Preston on Sister and Brother: Lesbians and Gay Men Talk about Their Lives Together. In 1996 she was awarded the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement in Lesbian and Gay Literature by the Publishing Triangle. For close to thirty years, she taught writing in the SEEK Program at Queens College, CUNY.