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ISBN:0006475892
Author: Helen Zahavi
ISBN13: 978-0006475897
Title: Dirty Weekend
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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd; Film Tie-in Ed edition (1993)
Pages: 192

Dirty Weekend by Helen Zahavi



Bella woke up one morning and realized she'd had enough. The book caused a media storm on publication and Helen Zahavi is a British novelist who worked as a Russian-English translator before becoming a writer. Her first novel, Dirty Weekend (1991), is about a young woman who is tormented by a predatory neighbour until she finally has enough. So with a smile on her lips and a gun in her hand she goes out in the night and kills seven perverts in two days.

3 quotes from Helen Zahavi: 'She smiled at him. It was her special smile. Her please go away you piece of sub-proletarian turd smile. 'She could never take an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. The weak and flaccid parity would make her nearly puke. She wants an eye for a tooth, and a life for an ey., and 'She's no-one special. England's full of wounded people. Shrieking softly so the neighbours won't hear. You must have seen them. You've probably passed them. You've certainly stepped on them  . She smiled at him. Helen Zahavi, Dirty Weekend.

Dirty Weekend (1991) is a novel by Helen Zahavi, adapted into a film two years later by Zahavi and director Michael Winner. Overturning the traditional notion of a pleasurable sex-filled dirty weekend, Zahavi's novel instead examines a weekend killing spree committed by Bella, a twenty-something former sex-worker

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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. I really finished the book to find out the end, which I'd already guessed as soon as she said she threw the gun away in the alley while killing off those nasty (Clockwork Orange-ish kids). Even though I sensed she'd kill the last one with her knife (which was conveniently muted), right up to the last pages, I was wondering if Zahavi was going to let her be killed and end with a tragedy. I'd say that without a doubt, the tragic ending would have been a superior story, but then everyone would disagree I'm sure, so I won't say that.

Nothing pleases me more than to be surprised into consciousness - Kathy Acker. I can still remember the visceral shock I felt as a young single woman reading Helen Zahavi's first novel, which burst upon a rather staid early-1990s . literary scene like a firework. Every woman who has ever had a fantasy about taking revenge on a man can identify with its heroine - Louise Doughty, Wall Street Journal

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Dirty Weekend (1991) is a novel by Helen Zahavi, adapted into a film two years later by Zahavi and director Michael Winner. Overturning the traditional notion of a pleasurable sex-filled dirty weekend, Zahavi's novel instead examines a weekend killing spree committed by Bella, a twenty-something former sex-worker. She is targeted by men who sexually abuse women, but kills them instead of letting them victimize her. Over the course of the weekend she.

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Reviews: 7
Zehaffy
This book definitely is not for everyone, but I found it a brilliant portrayal of the thread of dark humanity.

The author's sublime method of hard-driving expression is written with an amazingly sensual cadence---the effective, modified repetition becomes almost a drumbeat.

We envision Bella as a fragile worm turning---in this case into a vigilante against men's abuse of powerless women.

Describing a philosophy of unpleasant sex, the book is best avoided by the prudish.

Admittedly there were several portrayals of brutality that turned my stomach, but I always rooted for Bella to triumph. The reader experiences an emotional roller coaster that exposes fear and horror.

The introduction of the Persian philosopher Nimrod was an inspired excursion into wisecracking, crackling repartee as he gives Bella "the key."

Ms. Zahavi presents a fascinating analysis of damaged goods as she transforms Bella into an empowered soul. Our victim-cum-heroine strikes back as she encompasses the seduction of violence and gains a "[n]ew perspective on her own life."

Take a walk on the (very) wild side...Bella...you GO girl!
Runehammer
Bela is a woman who is a self-admitted helpless victim of the male victimizers of the world, misogynistic men who hurt women physically and mentally, and she's had enough. The intention is for Bela to get revenge and she goes at it fighting fire with fire. Her inner dialogue is interesting enough. It seems properly confused, helpless, making efforts in an honest way to pull together her revenge act. I had a problem with the language in the narrative itself, which seemed to be reminiscent of single women I'd met in London, UK while I lived there whose mother tongue was other than English. Fair enough, it added to the 'helplessness' factor for me. Zahavi used a technique of having Bela repeat certain observations during her inner narrative which became annoying. The repetitive technique reminded me of a poetry style and it seemed she was trying to tie the whole piece together in a repetitive, rhythmic way, which for the most part worked, but I felt it could have been trimmed a bit. The repetition got to me after a while and I started skimming.

I could describe it as a cross between a Clint Eastwood movie and: The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes - see: [...] - the poem has an example of that rhythmic repetition.

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I really finished the book to find out the end, which I'd already guessed as soon as she said she threw the gun away in the alley while killing off those nasty (Clockwork Orange-ish kids). Even though I sensed she'd kill the last one with her knife (which was conveniently muted), right up to the last pages, I was wondering if Zahavi was going to let her be killed and end with a tragedy. I'd say that without a doubt, the tragic ending would have been a superior story, but then everyone would disagree I'm sure, so I won't say that. Still a very good book, and a big touche for the Belas of the world. Bravo.
Meri
Perfection. I wish it was a series, or at least a trilogy, wherein Bella starts a gang. There is much potential for a continuing saga. Zahavi brilliantly gets in the head of the common man, the more unhinged violent rapist/murderer, and her avenging angel of a protagonist. A must read for any societal underdog.
Bad Sunny
Fabulous, fun read. I found this book in London over 20 years ago and it still holds up! Indelible imagery, an adorably bad heroine you will fall for immediately, and some unforgettably quotable lines. Serious literature step aside. Let this be your naughty indulgence for a weekend. I'm sending a copy to all my girlfriends now that I finally found it again!
Zuser
Not really what I expected .
Snowskin
I enjoyed this book, one of two I read in a single weekend. But there were scenarios in the book that kinda "jumped the shark".
Gralsa
This book lives up to its name. My professor friend recommended I read it after I showed interest in the presence of violent women in literature, namely: where were they? In this book, the protagonist Bella goes through a powerful transformation and becomes a slayer of patriarchal ideas. And you can't help but root for her every step along the way.
Descriptions that made me laugh out loud several times. I wouldn't recommend it to everyone but it engaged some of my fantasies.