Posts Tagged ‘Firsts’

  • 4x4th Estate: First Feminists

    4x4‘First’ is a decisive word in the study of the humanities, particularly when it comes to feminist literature. Literary historians spend a good deal of time arguing over the exact idea of ‘who was first?’ whether it is the first modern novel, the first true poet, or even the minefield of the first use of various words in Shakespeare’s plays. It is most beneficial to be at the cutting edge as a writer, and above all the arguments these four writers are the best example of prominence, not only in their feminist ideals, but also in literary leadership. They were the first to address the issues surrounding their society and the time they lived in, and they did so with originality and the power of words.

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  • The UnAmericans: An Extract

    • Jun 29, 2015 • Tags: , , ,

    New beginnings can be exciting, fun, and an opportunity to start afresh. They can also be frightening, unfamiliar, and isolating. In keeping with this month’s theme of firsts, Molly Antopol’s new collection of short stories, The UnAmericans, explores these ideas of new beginnings, fresh starts, and first homes never forgotten. Through the eyes of a variety of characters who have migrated from their homes, but who remain ‘alien’ to the societies in which they end up, Antopol gives us an insight into what it means to be the minority. Read more…

  • Our First: Marketing

    “Can I just say, before we go, that if I were a white man, I would love to look like you” – This was the point very early on in my career in marketing that I was pretty convinced that I would lose my job the next day. One probably shouldn’t say such things in what was meant to be a very serious interview with director turned fiction author David Cronenberg. My first marketing campaign was for Consumed, one that I elbowed my way into having been a fan of Cronenberg since I watched The Fly when I was way too young (and as a result had recurring nightmares for years about Jeff Goldblum’s jaw falling off in my hand). Read more…

  • MUNNU: ‘Life is precious in Kashmir just like it is everywhere else.’

    • Jun 8, 2015 • Tags: , , , , ,

    MUNNU, the graphic novel published by 4th Estate this month, is the astonishing debut from Kashmir based illustrator Malik Sajad.  We asked Malik about the concept of the novel; where did the idea come from? Why a graphic novel? What is it about the Kashmir’s torrid conflict you wanted to explore?

    I came to know about this medium around 9 years ago. There were no graphic novels in the bookstores in Kashmir. Read more…

  • Firsts

    • Jun 5, 2015 • Tags: , , , ,

    This month is an exciting one for 4th Estate (as they all are). We’re publishing four novels from debut authors; one  funny, unflinching insider’s view on the generation born in the 1980s by Claire Lowdon, one beautiful, heartrending graphic novel set in a conflict-ridden Kashmir in the nineties drawn by Malik Sajad, TWO novels (in beautiful box-set form) from Nell Zink, both hardly alike, but each winding between the themes of love, marriage sexuality and racism, reminding us just how tricky and inhumane human nature can be. Read more…