10 cărți despre vrăjitorie și vrăjitoare (care nu au bube pe față)

Avem un nou revival: cărți despre vrăjitorie (plus seriale noi pe temă)

Vrăjitoarea – cu nasul coroiat, tenul verzui, alunița păroasă în colțul gurii cu dinți strâmbi, călare pe mătură (simbol pervertit al căminului curat) – este simbolul femeii dificile, cea care nu se conformează modelului patriarhal de mamă devotată, casnică desăvârșită și soție ascultătoare. Cum poate fi o astfel de femeie – neinteresată să se sacrifice pentru alții, indiferentă la părerea societății, incapabilă să-și sublime furia – altfel decât hidoasă?

E frustrant să vezi cum un bărbat cu instincte de prădător se transformă din agresor într-un vampir periculos, dar șarmant. În timp ce femeia neconformă este muma pădurii, știma apelor sau vrăjitoare cea rea care, pentru că nu poate să-i aibă, consumă copiii.

“Down vith children! Do them in!
Boil their bones and fry their skin!
Bish them, sqvish them, bash them, mash them!
Brrreak them, shake them, slash them, smash them!”
Roald Dahl, The Witches

Ce noroc însă pe capul doamnelor moderne că noile cărți despre vrăjitorie țin pasul cu mișcarea feministă și se dezic (într-o mare măsură) de locul comun al femeii necăsătorite, a cărei singurătate nu poate fi nicidecum asumată, ci este rezultatul alegerilor ei greșite.

10 cărți despre vrăjitorie în care vrăjitoare nu trebuie arsă pe rug

Seria All Souls: A Discovery of Witches, Deborah E. Harkness

“When historian Diana Bishop opens an alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, it’s an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordered life. Though Diana is a witch of impeccable lineage, the violent death of her parents while she was still a child convinced her that human fear is more potent than any witchcraft. Now Diana has unwittingly exposed herself to a world she’s kept at bay for years; one of powerful witches, creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires.”

Women Who Run With The Wolves (Clarissa Pinkola Estes)

“In the classic Women Who Run With The Wolves, Clarissa Pinkola Estes tells us about the ‘wild woman’, the wise and ageless presence in the female psyche that gives women their creativity, energy and power. For centuries, the ‘wild woman’ has been repressed by a male-orientated value system which trivialises women’s emotions. Using a combination of time-honoured stories and contemporary casework, Estes reveals that the ‘wild woman’ in us is innately healthy, passionate and wise.Thoughtfully written and compelling in its arguments, Women Who Run With The Wolves gives readers a new sense of direction, a self confidence and purpose in their lives.”

The Witches of Eastwick (John Updike)

“The air of Eastwick breeds witches – women whose powerful longings can stir up thunderstorms and fracture domestic peace. Jane, Alexandra and Sukie, divorced and dangerous, have formed a coven. Into the void of Eastwick breezes Darryl Van Horne, a charismatic magus of a man who entrances the trio, luring them to his mansions…”

Seria The Witchlands: Truthwitch, (Susan Dennard)

“In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands. Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home. Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself. In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.”

Seria Beautiful Creatures (Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl)

“In Ethan Wate’s hometown there lies the darkest of secrets… There is a girl. Slowly, she pulled the hood from her head. Green eyes, black hair. Lena Duchannes. There is a curse. In the end, there is a grave. Lena and Ethan become bound together by a deep, powerful love. But Lena is cursed and on her sixteenth birthday, her fate will be decided.”

Uprooted (Naomi Novik)

“A dark enchantment blights the land. Agnieszka loves her village, set deep in a peaceful valley. But the nearby enchanted forest casts a shadow over her home. Many have been lost to the Wood and none return unchanged. The villagers depend on an ageless wizard, the Dragon, to protect them from the forest’s dark magic. However, his help comes at a terrible price. One young village woman must serve him for ten years, leaving all they value behind.Agnieszka fears her dearest friend Kasia will be picked at the next choosing, for she’s everything Agnieszka is not – beautiful, graceful and brave. Yet when the Dragon comes, it’s not Kasia he takes.”

The Bear and the Nightingale (Katherine Arden)

“‘Frost-demons have no interest in mortal girls wed to mortal men. In the stories, they only come for the wild maiden.’In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, an elderly servant tells stories of sorcery, folklore and the Winter King to the children of the family, tales of old magic frowned upon by the church. But for the young, wild Vasya these are far more than just stories. She alone can see the house spirits that guard her home, and sense the growing forces of dark magic in the woods… Atmospheric and enchanting, with an engrossing adventure at its core, The Bear and the Nightingale is perfect for readers of Naomi Novik’s Uprooted, Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, and Neil Gaiman.”

Practical Magic (Alice Hoffman)

“As children, sisters Gillian and Sally were forever outsiders in their small New England town, teased, taunted and shunned for the air of magic that seems to sparkle in the air around them. All Gillian and Sally ever wanted was to get away. And eventually they do – one marries, the other runs as far from home as she can manage. Years later, however, tragedy will bring the sisters back together. And they’ll find that no matter what else may happen, they’ll always have each other. An enchanting tale of love, forgiveness and family, Practical Magic is beloved of readers of all ages.”

Chocolat (Joanne Harris)

“When an exotic stranger, Vianne Rocher, arrives in the French village of Lansquenet and opens a chocolate boutique directly opposite the church, Father Reynaud denounces her as a serious moral danger to his flock – especially as it is the beginning of Lent, the traditional season of self-denial. As passions flare and the conflict escalates, the whole community takes sides. Can the solemnity of the Church compare with the sinful pleasure of a chocolate truffle?”

Wiccapedia (Shawn Robbins, Leanna Greenaway)

“This book provides a fresh, innovative and thoroughly up-to-date look at witchcraft. It comes in a new, edgier format with a stylish redesigned interior. Newfound witches will learn how to tap into magic and realise their dreams. Now in a new, hipper, edgier format, Wiccapedia provides a fresh, innovative and thoroughly up-to-date look at witchcraft, and gives readers a prescription for happiness. ‘Spiritual life coaches’ and celebrity witches Shawn Robbins and Leanna Greenaway unlock the secrets of the Wicca universe, explaining what it means to become a ‘simply fabulous’ twenty-first century witch. Newfound witches will learn how to tap into magic, re-empower themselves and realise their dreams through a little witchy know-how.”

Dar să nu uităm: “REAL WITCHES dress in ordinary clothes and look very much like ordinary women. They live in ordinary houses and they work in ORDINARY JOBS.” (Roald Dahl, The Witches). Oare Roald Dahl vrea să ne spună că în spatele oricărei femei se poate ascunde o zgripțuroaică?

Dacă mai știți și alte cărți în care vrăjitoarea nu e o divorțată periculoasă cu apucături suspecte și o preferință pentru carne tânără și fragedă, ne-am bucura să ni le spuneți mai jos în comentarii.

Iar dacă aveți chef de niște cărți Young Adult fără vrăjitoare, dar cu iz feminist, puteți “răsfoi” această listă.

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