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Adre Lorde
Sister Outsider

Sister Outsider by African-American, lesbian, feminist poet and activist Audre Lorde is a foundational text for anyone interested in intersectionality and reflecting on their own social positions.

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Toni Morrison
Sula

Sula, first published in 1973, is the second novel by Toni Morrison, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, whose writing offered up a multi-faceted language about Black experiences, and which continues to serve as a great source of inspiration to many.

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Minna Salami
Sensuous Knowledge

Sensuous knowledge is a way of knowing more than your mind, with your body and soul. This book is not just a biting rebuff to Europatriarchy, but an attempt to centre ways of seeing and knowing the world that are better for everyone.

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Şeyda Kurt
Radikale Zärtlichkeit – Warum Liebe politisch ist

The starting point for writing her book “Radical Tenderness – Why Love is Political” was a discomfort with common images of love that are shaped by power relations, which empty the word of any real content. This critical view of love evoked Şeyda Kurt’s preference for the term tenderness: implying ways of behaving that couldn’t be further from any form of violence.

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Audre Lorde
Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

Audre Lorde’s biomythography Zami: A New Spelling of My Name relates this iconic writer’s personal, poetic, political and sexual coming-of-age. Lorde was a self-described “Black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet” and this recording of her early life is a powerful piece of writing. The book is a must-read for anyone interested in the lived experiences of intersectional marginalisation, as told by one of the most strident and talented voices to talk about these realities.

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Maaza Mengiste
The Shadow King

Maaza Mengiste’s historical novel tells the story of the Italian invasion in Ethiopia in 1935. It focuses on anti-colonial resistance and the role of Ethiopian women, some of whom became soldiers to join the fight against the colonizers.

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Olga Grjasnowa
The Power of Multilingualism

The writer Olga Grjasnowa, whom many readers probably associate with her novel All Russians Love Birch Trees (Der Russe ist einer, der Birken liebt), was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, and came to Germany when she was eleven. In her recently published non-fiction book, The Power of Multilingualism – On Origins and Diversity (which has not […]

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