‘An alternate feminist manifesto’ – Heidi Greco

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‘This fantastically complex tale presents what could be construed as an alternate feminist manifesto, rallying not only against outdated rules and ‘the man’ but against government, the wealthy and more. The main character, SahebaN, is nearly as clever and feisty as her creator, Fauzia Rafique.’

Heidi Greco
Author of Shrinking Violets

Launching The Adventures of SahebaN: Biography of a Relentless Warrior, December 3rd at Semiahmoo Library in Surrey, 3-5pm, with Host Manolis, Guest Speaker Heidi Greco, and Author Fauzia Rafique (presenting excerpts from the third story of this volume, Coming of the Clothes).

Semiahmoo Library, Saturday Dec 3rd, 3-5pm 
1815 – 152nd Street
Surrey, BC V4A 9Y9
Phone: (604) 592-6900
surreylibraries.ca

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The Adventures of SahebaN:
Biography of a Relentless Warrior

A novel by Fauzia Rafique
Libros Libertad 2016

Art work by Shahid Mirza, Photo Mohammad Hasan, Design Iryna Spica.

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‘The Adventures of Saheban: a complex fantasy realism book’ by Wendy Harris

The Adventures of Saheban is a complex fantasy realism book, connecting characters existing in four different time zones to SahebaN, the controversial protagonist. Named after SahebaN of the Punjabi folk story, ‘Mirza SahebaN’, our leading character becomes a Relentless Warrior, survivor of the systemic nature of sexism, exploitation, and racism.

Two critical events reveal the root of SahebaN’s war against oppression. Her mother, Jattee, is grief-stricken at the arrival of a precocious, infant daughter instead of a child with ‘pee-nuts,’ and as the doctor cuts the umbilical cord, SahebaN scratches his face. Already marked as a rebel, SahebaN is less than four-years old when she connects the mystery ‘pee-nuts,’ to the ‘hard thing’ she feels while being molested by a priest. The action she takes leads to being condemned as ‘the Spirit of Satan,’ and her father agrees to throw SahebaN and Jattee, his ‘female shit,’ out of the house.

In 1949, Simone de Beauvoir, author of The Second Sex, wrote: ‘All oppression creates a state of war, this is no exception.’ In The Adventures of SahebaN, Fauzia Rafique has taken the principle, weaving this fundamental truth through the lives of four women. SahebaN, heroine of a popular Pakistani folk story, rebels against her family, refusing an arranged marriage; SahebaN, the weaponless Warrior, rebels against a male-dominated society; Ego Feathers is forced to write SahebaN’s biography in secret code; and Fauzia, oppressed by rampant sexism in her native country, embarks on a new life in a different country, only to experience further oppression in the guise of racism, and economic disparity. Stumbling across SahebaN’s biography, Fauzia cracks Ego Feathers’s code, ultimately (and hopefully) freeing herself from the chains that have bound her existence.

The Adventures of SahebaN relentlessly probes the foundation of inequality as it spans across time, and different societies. Brutally honest, the disturbing and thought provoking nature of the material enveloped in compelling stories, draws the reader into a world often touched, but seldom revealed.

This book has the potential to reach a wide reader audience. As characters move, and develop through the stories, their experiences reveal deep bonds that people from every society, and from both genders, can identify with, and share.
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Launching The Adventures of SahebaN: Biography of a Relentless Warrior in New Westminster, November 29th 7-9pm at Renaiassance Books, with Host Shela Nefertiti Morrisson, Guest Speaker Wendy Harris, and Author Fauzia Rafique (presenting excerpts from the second story of this volume, ‘Holy IT’).

Buy it here
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The Adventures of SahebaN:
Biography of a Relentless Warrior

A novel by Fauzia Rafique
Mail out December 1st.
Libros Libertad 2016

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Wendy Harris is a freelance writer/editor, graduating from the Print Futures: Professional Writing program. She was part of the 2004 Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival Program editing team.
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‘Funny tongue-in-cheek and deliciously serious.’

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“Funny, tongue-in-cheek, and deliciously serious. A novel that looks misogyny in the eye and says ‘No’. From birth, SahebaN refuses. She is uncompromising and she prevails, becoming a legend in her time. In Rafique’s telling she’s everywoman and Everywoman’s avatar.”

“A gleeful genre-defying book, part feminist fantasy, part creative non-fiction.”

Susan Crean
Author of The Laughing one – a Journey to Emily Carr

Coming Nov 20/16 at Libros Libertad
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