“I ate and ate and ate in the hopes that if I made myself big, my body would be safe. I buried the girl I was because she ran into all kinds of trouble. I tried to erase every memory of her, but she is still there, somewhere. . . . I was trapped in my body, one that I barely recognized or understood, but at least I was safe.”
In her phenomenally popular essays and long-running Tumblr blog, Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and body, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as “wildly undisciplined,” Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. In Hunger, she explores her past—including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life—and brings readers along on her journey to understand and ultimately save herself.
With the bracing candor, vulnerability, and power that have made her one of the most admired writers of her generation, Roxane explores what it means to learn to take care of yourself: how to feed your hungers for delicious and satisfying food, a smaller and safer body, and a body that can love and be loved—in a time when the bigger you are, the smaller your world becomes.
La pluma de Gay, filosa como una catana, explora la cultura pop para extraer verdades incómodas acerca de cómo somos representados en el cine, la televisión y la literatura. Con un estilo a veces ácido y corrosivo, otras íntimo y personal, pero siempre potente y crítico, Roxane atraviesa el entretenimiento masivo: desde Cincuenta sombras de Grey hasta Los juegos del hambre; sin olvidar a Quentin Tarantino y Orange is The New Black, para rescatar valiosas lecciones e incómodas verdades sobre la discriminación, el privilegio y la frustración de querer un mundo más justo.
Sus ensayos no exigen la credencial de «feminista» para ser leídos. Son una invitación abierta a analizar el entorno en el que estamos inmersos bajo la promesa de que, después de leerlos, creerás firmemente que, como dice la propia Roxane, «tenemos el derecho al mismo respeto».
The women in these stories live lives of privilege and of poverty, are in marriages both loving and haunted by past crimes or emotional blackmail. A pair of sisters, grown now, have been inseparable ever since they were abducted together as children, and must negotiate the elder sister's marriage. A woman married to a twin pretends not to realize when her husband and his brother impersonate each other. A stripper putting herself through college fends off the advances of an overzealous customer. A black engineer moves to Upper Michigan for a job and faces the malign curiosity of her colleagues and the difficulty of leaving her past behind. From a girls’ fight club to a wealthy subdivision in Florida where neighbors conform, compete, and spy on each other, Gay delivers a wry, beautiful, haunting vision of modern America reminiscent of Merritt Tierce, Jamie Quatro, and Miranda July.
“Roxane Gay is the brilliant girl-next-door: your best friend and your sharpest critic. . . . she is also required reading.”—People
In this valuable and revealing anthology, cultural critic and bestselling author Roxane Gay collects original and previously published pieces that address what it means to live in a world where women have to measure the harassment, violence, and aggression they face, and where they are “routinely second-guessed, blown off, discredited, denigrated, besmirched, belittled, patronized, mocked, shamed, gaslit, insulted, bullied” for speaking out. Contributions include essays from established and up-and-coming writers, performers, and critics, including actors Ally Sheedy and Gabrielle Union and writers Amy Jo Burns, Lyz Lenz, Claire Schwartz, and Bob Shacochis. Covering a wide range of topics and experiences, from an exploration of the rape epidemic embedded in the refugee crisis to first-person accounts of child molestation, this collection is often deeply personal and is always unflinchingly honest. Like Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Things to Me, Not That Bad will resonate with every reader, saying “something in totality that we cannot say alone.”
Searing and heartbreakingly candid, this provocative collection both reflects the world we live in and offers a call to arms insisting that “not that bad” must no longer be good enough.
A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay.
“Pink is my favorite color. I used to say my favorite color was black to be cool, but it is pink—all shades of pink. If I have an accessory, it is probably pink. I read Vogue, and I’m not doing it ironically, though it might seem that way. I once live-tweeted the September issue.”
In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman (Sweet Valley High) of color (The Help) while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years (Girls, Django in Chains) and commenting on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown). The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture.
Bad Feminist is a sharp, funny, and spot-on look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are, and an inspiring call-to-arms of all the ways we still need to do better.
Roxane Gay is a powerful new literary voice whose short stories and essays have already earned her an enthusiastic audience. In An Untamed State, she delivers an assured debut about a woman kidnapped for ransom, her captivity as her father refuses to pay and her husband fights for her release over thirteen days, and her struggle to come to terms with the ordeal in its aftermath.
Mireille Duval Jameson is living a fairy tale. The strong-willed youngest daughter of one of Haiti’s richest sons, she has an adoring husband, a precocious infant son, by all appearances a perfect life. The fairy tale ends one day when Mireille is kidnapped in broad daylight by a gang of heavily armed men, in front of her father’s Port au Prince estate. Held captive by a man who calls himself The Commander, Mireille waits for her father to pay her ransom. As it becomes clear her father intends to resist the kidnappers, Mireille must endure the torments of a man who resents everything she represents.
An Untamed State is a novel of privilege in the face of crushing poverty, and of the lawless anger that corrupt governments produce. It is the story of a willful woman attempting to find her way back to the person she once was, and of how redemption is found in the most unexpected of places. An Untamed State establishes Roxane Gay as a writer of prodigious, arresting talent.
“From the astonishing first line to the final scene, An Untamed State is magical and dangerous. I could not put it down. Pay attention to Roxane Gay; she's here to stay.”—Tayari Jones, author of Silver Sparrow and Leaving Atlanta
“[Haiti’s] better scribes, among them Edwidge Danticat, Franketienne, Madison Smartt Bell, Lyonel Trouillot, and Marie Vieux Chavet, have produced some of the best literature in the world. . . . Add to their ranks Roxane Gay, a bright and shining star.”—Kyle Minor, author of In the Devil’s Territory, on Ayiti
O retrato que emerge não é apenas o de uma mulher incrivelmente sagaz em contínuo crescimento para compreender a si mesma e à nossa sociedade, mas também o espelho de nós mesmos. Gay fomenta um debate ácido e cômico sobre o feminismo atual – e suas contradições –, política, racismo, violência, transitando entre a cultura pop e a análise crítica.
Má feminista é um olhar afiado, e nos alerta, acima de tudo, para a maneira pela qual a cultura que nos envolve torna-nos quem somos.
Secuestrada es una emotiva novela sobre los sentimientos más profundos de una mujer que supera una experiencia traumática, pero también una reflexión sobre la violencia que generan las fuertes desigualdades sociales.
Roxane Gay skriver med brutal ärlighet och stort mod om sin kropp och sin hunger, om det trauma som drabbade henne som ung flicka och som förändrade allt. Hur ska man kunna tycka om sin kropp när omvärlden bara visar förakt för den?
Översättare: Emö Malmberg
I vilt tillstånd är både ett familjedrama, en utmanande politisk roman och en stark roman om kärlek.
Översättare: Niclas Nilsson
I sin hyllade essäsamling skriver Roxane Gay om allt från Alfapet, fat camps, våldtäkter, Bill Cosby, Hungerspelen och Femtio nyanser av honom, till varför man gillar hiphop fast man vet att texterna är sexistiska. Det handlar om kön, politik, etnicitet och sex. Det är sylvasst, roligt, gravallvarligt, beläst och lättsamt, strängt och generöst, allt på samma gång, och alltihop utgår från hennes egen definition av feminism: bad feminism. För alla oss som kanske inte är perfekta, men som ändå vill kalla oss feminister.
Bad Feminist är en bok som hittills saknats på svenska: utan ängslighet, utan att snegla på andra eller dissa någon som inte är feminist på "rätt" sätt. Roxane Gay är en av dagens mest spännande skribenter, och hon skriver precis vad hon vill.
Översättare: Helena Hansson