In Defense of Witches: The Legacy of the Witch Hunts and Why Women Are Still on Trial

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St. Martin's Press
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5.7 X 8.4 X 1.4 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author
Mona Chollet is a Franco-Swiss writer and journalist. She is the chief editor for Le Monde diplomatique and has also written for Charlie Hebdo. She is the author of In Defense of Witches and several other books in French. She lives in Paris, France.

"A thought-provoking, discursive survey by a bright light of Francophone feminism....In today's France, Chollet has emerged as a quiet revolutionary, pushing back against the clichés and the patriarchy that shapes them....In Defense of Witches demonstrates that a woman's decision to go against the grain -- especially by not having children -- inevitably becomes a political act, even an act of resistance."--Rachel Donadio, The New York Times Book Review

"A smart feminist treatise reclaiming the witch and her radical way of life as a path forward for women.... Chollet's informed and passionate treatment will appeal to readers looking for more substance amid the witch trend that's otherwise been largely commodified and often scrubbed of its feminist origins."--Jenna Jay, Booklist

"Allows us to understand... the witch hunts of the past influenced the representation of women today." --Le Monde (France)

"Rehabilitates the figure of the witch, this dangerously independent, educated and strong woman." --Slate

"Mona Chollet demonstrates how...those who emancipate themselves from certain social norms, are in fact direct heirs of those that were hunted down censored, and eliminated during the Renaissance." --Huffington Post

"Explores the worldview that the witch hunt has sought to promote - and its consequences on society today."--Vice