Random House India has acquired of activist and author of The Vagina Monologues, Eve Ensler's powerful new memoir - In the Body of the World - to be released on 30th April 2013.
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 father's sexual abuse and her mother's remoteness. "Because I did not, could not inhabit my body or the Earth," she writes, "I could not feel or know their pain." Unflinching and inspiring, In The Body of the World is a visionary memoir of separation and connection-to the body, the self, and the world.
While working in the Congo, Ensler is shocked 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. 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.
The Pulitzer prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies, Siddhartha Mukherjee, said "In The Body of the World is an extraordinary book about her battle with uterine cancer and has received praise from author of The Emperor of All Maladies, Siddhartha Mukherjee, he says, "Ensler has written a profound and vulnerable book, full of tenderness and strength. I was amazed by the clarity of her vision and the power of her message about the body and self. This book isn't meant only for patients; it is meant for anyone whose life has intersected with illness-in short, for all of us."
Random House will be publishing In The Body of the World at the end of April this year.