How female solidarity begins—in experience, thought, action, and force of conviction.
Irene, a rebellious product of an American 1950s upbringing, has fled from a repressive and sexist society into a life of apparent equality and adventure as part of the elite Trans-Temporal Authority's cadre of travelers. Under the tutelage of Ernst, a friend/lover and teacher/father, Irene has achieved status and dignity. Irene and Ernst are assigned to a Muslim world where they meet Zubedeyeh, a young girl whose creativity is being transformed into madness by the male chauvinistic society in which she lives. Vowing to rescue her, Irene unleashes a destructive cycle of violence. Originally published in 1978, The Two of Them is a powerful portrait of a future sexist society. This modern classic conveys its politics with rigor and complexity, in a story filled with suspense and unforgettable characters.
"Joanna Russ is one of the pioneers and luminaries of women's science fiction... Russ is chronically angry about what happens to women, but she digs deep into her anger and comes up with a rich and lively tale."~K.A. Laity, Ms. Magazine
""Despite her small output – five novels, four short story collection and a novella – Russ's achievement was huge. Noted for her contribution to feminist science fiction, Russ's power also lies in her critique of the science fiction dream, particularly immortality among the stars.""~BBC Radio 4, Seriously "10 Women Who Changed Science Fiction," web tie-in to Herland radio documentary
""Fine science fiction, a challenging sexual polemic, and a wittily, economically constructed novel.""~Kirkus
""Joanna Russ is one of the pioneers and luminaries of women's science fiction Russ is chronically angry about what happens to women, but she digs deep into her anger and comes up with a rich and lively tale.""~K.A. Laity, Ms. Magazine
""Russ is a master crafter.""~Washington Post Book World
"Beyond questions of genre or gender, Joanna Russ is one of the best prose writers working in the English language today. The Two of Them is informed throughout by her intelligence, wit and imaginationby her vision of the pertinence and necessity of speculative fiction to feminists."~Marilyn Hacker, author of Desesperanto
"The Two of Them is an extraordinary novel.""~Marge Piercy