Sara Stridsberg revisits and reimagines the sad, strange life of Valerie Solanas: writer, radical feminist and would-be assassin of Andy Warhol. Translated by Deborah Bragan-Turner.

In April 1988, Valerie Solanas died alone and penniless. She was only 52. Stridsberg goes to the hotel room where Solanas’ body was found, the courtroom where she was convicted of attempting to murder Andy Warhol, the Georgia wastelands of her atrociously abusive childhood, and the mental hospitals that interned her. Through imagined conversations and monologues, Stridsberg reconstructs this enigmatic woman, giving a powerful, heartbreaking voice to the gifted writer of the infamous SCUM Manifesto.

The Man Booker International Prize 2019
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Sara Stridsberg

Sara Stridsberg

About the Author

Sara Stridsberg was born in Solna, Sweden, in August 1972.
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Deborah Bragan-Turner

About the Translator

Deborah Bragan-Turner was born in Middlesborough, UK in February 1953.
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