Kohl eyes

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June 2007, no. 292

Soft Weapons: Autobiography in transit by Gillian Whitlock

University of Chicago Press, $20 pb, 249 pp

Kohl eyes

by
June 2007, no. 292

Anyone browsing in bookstores in the past five years has undoubtedly come across one of the dozens of life narratives that emerged in the aftermath of 9/11. The attack on the World Trade Centre and the consequent ‘war on terror’ produced a new market for the publishing industry – and it has deluged us with offerings. Prominent among them are the sensational, eroticised best-sellers by Muslim women recounting their persecution under the Taliban; journalistic accounts of war by ‘embedded’ Western news correspondents from Afghanistan and Iraq; edited oral histories offering testimony by refugees to the trauma of war in the Middle East; and memoirs of exile by Iranian women living in the United States.

Kay Schaffer reviews 'Soft Weapons: Autobiography in transit' by Gillian Whitlock

Soft Weapons: Autobiography in transit

by Gillian Whitlock

University of Chicago Press, $20 pb, 249 pp

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