OurShelves: Listening with Stuart Evers

How can men approach their role as feminist allies? Lucy Scholes meets Stuart Evers, award-winning author of four books including Your Father Sends His Love and The Blind Light as they discuss his introduction to the new Virago Modern Classic edition of Anna Seghers’ brilliant novel Transit, and how its depiction of people caught in the Second World War reminded him of Ukrainians caught in the complex British visa system. He argues about whether Transit is a love story or not, challenges himself to read books he thinks he’ll hate (and falls for them completely) and remembers as a young man how reading feminist novels taught him to listen.


Stuart’s recommendations:


On the nightstand: Lapvona by Ottessa Moshfegh and Sleepless Nights by Elizabeth Hardwick


On my mind: Post War Modern art exhibition at the Barbican


On the shelf: Gorilla My Love, Toni Cade Babara


On the pedestal: Marguerite Duras

 


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