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In the Body of the World: A Memoir of Cancer and Connection Eve Ensler

In the Body of the World: A Memoir of Cancer and Connection

Eve Ensler

Published
ISBN : 9781250043979
Paperback
240 pages
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Playwright, author, and activist Eve Ensler has devoted her life to the female body—how to talk about it, how to protect and value it. Yet she spent much of her life disassociated from her own body—a disconnection brought on by her fathers sexualMorePlaywright, author, and activist Eve Ensler has devoted her life to the female body—how to talk about it, how to protect and value it. Yet she spent much of her life disassociated from her own body—a disconnection brought on by her fathers sexual abuse and her mothers remoteness. Because I did not, could not inhabit my body or the Earth, she writes, I could not feel or know their pain.But Ensler is shocked out of her distance. While working in the Congo, she is shattered to encounter the horrific rape and violence inflicted on the women there. Soon after, she is diagnosed with uterine cancer, and through months of harrowing treatment, she is forced to become first and foremost a body—pricked, punctured, cut, scanned. It is then that all distance is erased. As she connects her own illness to the devastation of the earth, her life force to the resilience of humanity, she is finally, fully—and gratefully—joined to the body of the world.Unflinching, generous, and inspiring, Enslers In the Body of the World calls on us all to embody our connection to and responsibility for the world.