A new Flash Fiction story of mine got published today. This little tale is based on memories of my years in Spain.
The Boa Constructor:
"Be ridiculous," the invitation had read. In fact, looking at the outlandish figures rattling and tattling around the rooftop, Naomi... read on
It's hard to describe what makes an author special. Some writers manage to move us emotionally, others woo us with their imaginary, astonish us with their beauty of expression.
And there is always that question: do their words matter? Do they make us see the world differently? Do they make us question things, or help us understand things better?
Here are my personal top ten women writers who moved me, astonished me and inspired me:
10) Simone de Beauvoir
“What would Prince Charming have for occupation if he had not to awaken the Sleeping beauty?”
― Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex
9) Christa Wolf
“Night thoughts have a different color than day thoughts, a different slant, more than anything else they know all the secret paths and chinks in the armor they can take advantage of to force their way into consciousness.”
― Christa Wolf, City of Angels or Overcoat of Dr. Freud
“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.”
― Arundhati Roy, The Cost of Living
7) Ann Radcliffe
“And since, in our passage through this world, painful circumstances occur more frequently than pleasing ones, and since our sense of evil is, I fear, more acute than our sense of good, we become the victims of our feelings, unless we can in some degree command them.”
― Ann Radcliffe
6) Virginia Woolf
“How many times have people used a pen or paintbrush because they couldn’t pull the trigger?”
― Virginia Woolf
5) Nadine Gordimer
“In every encounter between human beings there is a pace set that belongs to them, and that will be taken up in its own rhythm whenever they are together.”
― Nadine Gordimer, None to Accompany Me
4) Joyce Carol Oates
“And this is the forbidden truth, the unspeakable taboo - that evil is not always repellent but frequently attractive; that it has the power to make of us not simply victims, as nature and accident do, but active accomplices.”
― Joyce Carol Oates
3) Alicia Kozameh
"The events contradict History. Appearing from two different corners, they advance in opposite directions with a cadence that makes me think they're on roller skates. And History, dumbfounded, wonders what to do with them. Poor little History."
- Alicia Kozameh, 259 Leaps, the Last Immortal
2) Toni Morrison
“She is a friend of mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order. It's good, you know, when you got a woman who is a friend of your mind.”
"Macondo" was a name, I only related to the novels of Gabriel García Márquez, in particular to "One hundred years of solitude". Thus, I assumed that the Austrian film by Sudabeh Mortezai was portraying a fictive place, where magical, perhaps also absurd things were happening. I didn't know that Macondo is an actual place on the outskirts of Vienna, a refugee settlement built in the 1950s. Approximately 3000 people who had to flee their homelands live in this settlement, which was built on the site of former K.u.K. (imperial and royal) barracks. The name "Macondo" was given to this oddly assorted village by Chilean refugees in the 1970s. It is a suiting name. Like its fictive name bearer, the Viennese Macondo officially doesn't exist.