How We Desire
by Carolin Emcke
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Pub Date 07 May 2019 | Archive Date 11 Dec 2018
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Emcke, a former war correspondent, turns her reporter’s eye to her own experiences, exploring questions about identity, sexuality and love. Emcke draws back the veil on how we experience desire, no matter what our sexual orientation. What if, instead of discovering our sexuality only once, during puberty, we discover it again later—and then again, after that? What if our sexuality reinvents itself every time the object of our desire changes? Emcke also examines how prejudice against homosexuality has survived its decriminalization in the west.
A Note From the Publisher
‘A compelling conversation, urging readers to rethink the borderlands of the erotic.’—The Australian
‘Huge intellect and tremendous energy.’—Radio NZ
‘Hypnotic.’—Sydney Morning Herald
‘A beautiful account of discovering and rediscovering one’s identity.’—Otago Daily Times
Praise for Echoes of Violence 
‘A gallery of magnificent survivors, men and especially women who tell their tales without self-pity and who refuse to surrender to the miseries piled upon them.’—New York Review of Books
‘Emcke describes the moral and political delicacy of reporting on a war from one side or the other and the overwhelming questions of humanity and inhumanity found in the midst of war.’—Booklist
‘Combines gripping narrative with philosophic reflection on the meaning of war and the limitations of journalism to communicate the abyss of violence.’—The Globe and Mail
'Emcke...recounts personal stories to illuminate the larger significance not only of each particular story/assignment /war but also of the nature of injustices... She handles battle with grace, both in the midst of conflict and, later, on the page.’—Bookforum
‘A compelling blend of narrative and analysis, description and reflection.’—The Age
‘Emcke is the thinking person's reporter. Her book is peppered with quotes from ancient and modern thinkers who have shaped her own understanding of the human condition. She combines gripping, dramatic stories with philosophical reflection on the nature of violence as she tries to make sense of human suffering.’—Montreal Gazette