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The Rape of Sita

by Lindsey Collen
£12.99   paperback  Bloomsbury Publishing (2001)

The Rape of Sita by Lindsey Collen 'Grit your teeth, Sita, don't cry. You are not a crying kind of girl.' The oppressed cry out. They rise up. They oppose. Speak out...
 
Sita is a strong woman, inspiration to the weak, a living legend in Mauritian society.
 
Yet Sita has buried a secret that threatens to overwhelm her: she was raped by a 'friend' eight years before. Sita's painful and angry search to come to terms with her past extends beyond her physical violation to encompass other forms of powerlessness and oppression.
 
Echoing ancient myths, folk tales and religious prophecies, Sita's struggle to remember her own history and her own rape comes to symbolise all rapes, all violations, all colonisations.

"Exhilarating and free-wheeling... Collen has a rare and commanding energy."
(Mail on Sunday)
Highly recommended in the way it shows how society's blame of women for their own violation is internalised by women as she constantly questions herself - what could she have done to prevent the rape?

ISBN 13: 9780747552451 | ISBN 10: 0747552452

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