Book Review: Komm Wie Du Willst

978-3-426-65555-9_druck-jpg-33628333Today, I have the pleasure of offering you a German-language review of the German translation of Emily Nagoski’s Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life (Simon & Schuster, 2015). A big thanks to our Intern, First Class Hanna Sophie Frey for reading and reviewing this title. This is an experiment for us in offering non-English-language reviews of translated work or non-English-language titles. If you are a reviewer who would be interested in offering such a review we welcome pitches. In the meantime, without further ado here is Hanna Sophie.

~Anna Clutterbuck-Cook, Book Review Editor

In Komm Wie Du Willst, hier in der 2015 erschienenen deutschen Fassung rezensiert, erschafft Emily Nagoski eine einfühlende Wegbeschreibung zur Lust. Von den komplexen Basics über die Macht des Kontext, und die Praxis der Erregung hin zur Ekstase: In vier Teilen gibt sie uns Reisenden Wissenschaft und Fallbeispiele an die Hand und füttert die Neugier auf den Weg selbst.

Du bist normal. Das ist mal eine Ansage. Aber wirklich, Nagoski schafft gleich auf den ersten Seiten Raum für die Akzeptanz des immer anderen Selbst und der nahezu unmöglichen Selbstverständlichkeit der eigenen Schönheit gegenüber gesellschaftlicher Normalitäts- und Perfektionserklärungen. Zum Glück erklärt sie dann auch wieso und warum das weibliche Geschlechtsorgan so schön ist: die Zusammensetzung der Vulva, die Evolution ihrer Formen und sinnlichen Wege, sodass sich ein Bewusstsein mit Wissen füllen kann – und anders herum. Das neue Verstehen lässt sich dank unmittelbaren und alltagstauglichen Übungen in genussvolles Fühlen umsetzen. Continue reading “Book Review: Komm Wie Du Willst”

Book Review: Wizard of the Crow

BookReviewLogoNgũgĩ wa Thiong´o´s tenth novel is a web of genres: A serendipitous persiflage of political narratives, a fantasy novel bordering on realism, and a love story about emancipation from patriarchy, capitalism and neocolonialism. It is also a novel about illness.

The story is set in the fictional Free Republic of Aburĩria on the African continent, whose autocratic Ruler came to power by violently building on the anti-Communist agenda of the West. In a post-colonial and post-Cold War environment, he struggles to keep his power among a shifting and weakening legitimacy. The Ruler´s struggle takes hold of his body through an illness, readily identified and patented for monetary gain by American medical professionals as SIE – Self Induced Expansion. His aides – three men proving their loyalty through body enhancements of eyes, ears, and mouth – face the limitation of Western medicine in New York City and call back home for help: the Wizard of the Crow is ordered to heal the Ruler. Continue reading “Book Review: Wizard of the Crow”

Book Review: Every Heart a Doorway

BookReviewLogoAuthor Seanan McGuire, who also writes under the pseudonym Mira Grant, is the author of the October Daye and InCryptid urban fantasy series among many other works. In 2010, she was honored with the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and she is the first person to have appeared five times on the same Hugo ballot (in 2013).

25526296Her latest novel, Every Heart A Doorway (Tor, 2016), is a page-wolfing coming-of-age fantasy novel about finding yourself while conquering self-destructive categories. Seanan McGuire creates queer and gender-bending heroines and heroes who casually destabilize any ideas of normative. It´s a tale where virtue has wicked layers and virtuous wickedness is paired with non-binary logic, but get ready for deception: glorious, dark humored, baffling “oh come on”-esque deception.

The prologue introduces us to an antagonist too good to be true, the first chapter makes us believe in the overarching (and overused) mental-health metaphor, and shows us that we have been inside a nebulous fantasy story since the beginning. That is the beauty of deception: you can never be ready. Continue reading “Book Review: Every Heart a Doorway”