NPR: Jessa Crispin en Sex, Submission And 'Dark Desires' Luisa Valenzuela is an important, post-Boom South American avant-garde writer. Her books — <em>Como en la Guerra</em> (1977) and <em>Cambio de armas</em> (1982) among them — take on patriarchy and politics. They challenge her native country Argentina's dirty past, the corruption and murderous policies of its former dictatorship. Wed, 18 May 2011 11:00:00 +0000 NPR: Jessa Crispin 4048 at Sex, Submission And 'Dark Desires' 'Leeches': A Tale Of The Balkans, Breathlessly Told Violence in the Balkans perhaps could be said to have opened and closed the Western 20th century — from the 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Serbian dissident to the brutal splintering, in the 1990s, of Yugoslavia, which led to ethnic cleansing and Slobodan Milosevic's trial for war crimes. In the spring of 1998, the bloodletting in Kosovo reached a point where the international community could no longer turn its head, and tensions would mount until NATO's bombing campaign was begun a year later. Wed, 04 May 2011 11:02:00 +0000 NPR: Jessa Crispin 2832 at 'Leeches': A Tale Of The Balkans, Breathlessly Told 'Pumpkin Eater:' 1960s Domesticity, Sardonically In 1963, Betty Friedan's <em>The Feminine Mystique</em> shook the lives of women who felt chained to a destiny of quiet domestic drudgery. It marked a sea change in the way they viewed themselves — no longer just wives and mothers, they could search for a new identity in education and the work force.<p>One year earlier, British author Penelope Mortimer published <em>The Pumpkin Eater</em>, her dark, sardonic look at the building tension between men and women, both sexes dissatisfied with their assigned roles. Fri, 22 Apr 2011 12:00:00 +0000 NPR: Jessa Crispin 2025 at 'Pumpkin Eater:' 1960s Domesticity, Sardonically