READING THE WORLD: Valerie

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A fever dream of a novel—strangely funny, entirely unconventional—Valerie conjures the life, mind, and art of American firebrand Valerie Solanas

In April 1988, Valerie Solanas—the writer, radical feminist, author of the SCUM Manifesto and would-be assassin of Andy Warhol—was discovered dead at fifty-two in her hotel room, in a grimy corner of San Francisco, alone, penniless, and surrounded by the typed pages of her last writings.

In Valerie, a nameless narrator revisits the room where Solanas died, the courtroom where she was tried and convicted of attempting to murder Andy Warhol, the Georgia wastelands where she spent her childhood and was repeatedly raped by her father and beaten by her alcoholic grandfather, and the mental hospitals where she was shut away.

A leading feminist in Sweden and one of the most acclaimed writers in Scandinavia, Sara Stridsberg here blurs the boundaries between history and fiction, self-making and storytelling, madness and art, love and tragedy. Through imagined conversations and monologues, reminiscences and rantings, she reconstructs this most intriguing and enigmatic of women, reaching back in time to amplify her voice and bring her powerful, heartbreaking story into new light.

 

 

When: Sep 2, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Valerie: or, The Faculty of Dreams: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374151911
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 6th, 2019

SCUM Manifesto Cover Image
By Valerie Solanas, Avital Ronell (Introduction by)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781784784409
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Published: Verso - April 5th, 2016

Event date: 
Wednesday, September 2, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
304 S. Elm St.
Greensboro, NC 27401