The Cancer Journals

The Cancer Journals
Author: Audre Lorde
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Language: English
Pages: 96
Size: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
Weight: 110 g
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9780143135203
Availability: In stock
Price: €14.00
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Foreword by Tracy K. Smith.

Moving between journal entry, memoir, and exposition, Audre Lorde fuses the personal and political as she reflects on her experience coping with breast cancer and a radical mastectomy.

First published over forty years ago, “The Cancer Journals” is a startling, powerful account of Audre Lorde’s experience with breast cancer and mastectomy. Long before narratives explored the silences around illness and women’s pain, Lorde questioned the rules of conformity for women’s body images and supported the need to confront physical loss not hidden by prosthesis. Living as a “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” Lorde heals and re-envisions herself on her own terms and offers her voice, grief, resistance, and courage to those dealing with their own diagnosis. Poetic and profoundly feminist, Lorde’s testament gives visibility and strength to women with cancer to define themselves, and to transform their silence into language and action.