From the Back Cover
"This is the story of Bella, who woke up one morning and realised she'd had enough."
So begins 'Dirty Weekend', a tale of revenge…
"From the opening lines the repetitive, hypnotic authority of the prose takes over… As a piece of stylised thuggery – mordant humour run riot – the effect is stunning. Helen Zahavi's comic timing is perfect; she knows exactly how far to go."
"The possibility of revenge described by 'Dirty Weekend' exists almost nowhere outside Zahavi's pages… Bella, a reluctant angel of deliverance, narrates the revenge fantasies of the sexually abused with a deadpan, desperately funny voice, looking and mocking where the rest of us would never dare."
NAOMI WOLF, 'New Statesman & Society'
'Dirty Weekend' is excruciatingly well-written… Helen Zahavi's taut, gripping prose implicates us in Bella's bloody triumph… It's terrifying."
ZOE FAIRBAIRNS, 'Everywoman'
"Helen Zahavi's 'Dirty Weekend' is everything that Bret Easton Ellis's 'American Psycho' wants to be but isn't… Provocative, confrontational, disturbing, challenging, enlightening and moving…"
"Poor Martin Amis, poor D.M. Thomas. The game's over, boys – literary terrorism 'and' the fun on the streets… Read 'Dirty Weekend'. It's good – it may even be beautiful – and it's true."
About the Author
Helen Zahavi is a novelist and screenwriter and was born and educated in London. Her father came to England with the Polish Army during the Second World War, and her mother's parents came from Odessa. She worked as a Russian translator before becoming a writer, and has spent several years living in Paris.
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