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We Women Have no Fatherland

... is a landmark novel from the eve of the 20th century, published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in Germany. Ilse Frapan's fictional account of German women studying in Zurich at a time when their own country's universities were barred to them was very much informed by her own experience. Much of the book consists of diary entries from protagonist Lilie Halmschlag. The reader is witness to her unfiltered emotions, moving from exaltation at the opportunity to study and lavish dreams of a future society, to dejection as she is rejected by her family and finally her homeland. Angry, mournful, declamatory and ultimately hopeful, We Women Have no Fatherland is a bold dispatch from a new realm of female self-determination.



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