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Varda Burstyn

Photo: David Fenton 2005

Varda Burstyn's first work of fiction, Water Inc., appeared to critical acclaim in Canada and the US in 2005. As a non-fiction writer and independent scholar, her work has appeared in numerous magazines, including Saturday Night and Mother Jones, in documentary films and radio and in scholarly venues. Her wide ranging topics of interest have always been connected by a special emphasis on the political dimension. A life-long environmentalist, she has written about many aspects of environmental crisis, the politics of science and technology, artificial reproduction and genetic engineering. As a cultural critic and political scholar she has written books, articles and radio programs on sport and politics, pornography and censorship, and on government, the state, democracy and gender. Her non-fiction book The Rites of Men was hailed as a groundbreaking work on sport and politics, and won the Book of the Year Award of North American Society for the Study of Sport. In addition to writing and consulting she has taught film studies, lectured widely in her areas of specialization, and frequently appeared as a media commentator. Born in Israel and raised in Israel and Toronto, she has lived in Montreal and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, as well as in Cincinnati and Chicago. She now lives in Peterborough, Ontario. She is writing her second novel and working with Montreal director Magnus Isacsson on a documentary film about the living legacies of George Orwell and Aldous Huxley.

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Water Inc. (fiction) Verso Books, London (UK), paperback McArthur & Co., Toronto; H2O Inc (French), Lanctot Editeur, Montreal. Forthcoming German edition, Paul Zsolnay Verlag, Munich, Korean edition, Escargot Press, Seoul, 2005, 2005, 2006, 2007
The Rites of Men: Manhood, Politics and the Culture of Sport. University of Toronto Press, Toronto, 1999
Women Against Censorship. Douglas & MacIntyre, 1985
Women, Class, Family and the State. Garamond Press, Toronto, 1985


Book the Year, North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASS) for The Rites of Men, 2000
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