In the Body of the World

In the Body of the World

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By (author) Eve Ensler

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  • Publisher: Metropolitan Books
  • Format: Hardback | 217 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 201mm x 25mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 30 April 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0805095187
  • ISBN 13: 9780805095180
  • Sales rank: 375,819

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From the bestselling author of "The Vagina Monologues" and one of "Newsweek"'s 150 Women Who Changed the World, a visionary memoir of separation and connection--to the body, the self, and the worldPlaywright, author, and activist Eve Ensler has devoted her life to the female body--how to talk about it, how to protect and value it. Yet she spent much of her life disassociated from her own body--a disconnection brought on by her father's sexual abuse and her mother's remoteness. "Because I did not, could not inhabit my body or the Earth," she writes, "I could not feel or know their pain."But Ensler is shocked out of her distance. While working in the Congo, she is shattered to encounter the horrific rape and violence inflicted on the women there. Soon after, she is diagnosed with uterine cancer, and through months of harrowing treatment, she is forced to become first and foremost a body--pricked, punctured, cut, scanned. It is then that all distance is erased. As she connects her own illness to the devastation of the earth, her life force to the resilience of humanity, she is finally, fully--and gratefully--joined to the body of the world.Unflinching, generous, and inspiring, Ensler calls on us all to embody our connection to and responsibility for the world.

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Eve Ensler is an internationally bestselling author and an award-winning playwright whose works include "The Vagina Monologues," "The Good Body," "Insecure at Last," and "I Am an Emotional Creature," since adapted for the stage as "Emotional Creature." She is the founder of V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls, which has raised more than $90 million for local groups and activists, and inspired the global action One Billion Rising. Ensler lives in Paris and New York City.

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Fierce, frank, raw and profoundly moving.