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Feida's Bastard
By Mauricio Escudo de Mujeres
"Freida's Bastard" is an excerpt from Mauricio Escudo de Mujeres' forthcoming novel, Labyrinth of Struggle. Escudo, a historian and writer, uses fiction to illuminate a nearly forgotten moment in the brutal history of the 20th century: the brief liberation and subsequent enslavement of women who rose against Franco.  In the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, women of the resistance found a fate worse than death.  Rape, torture, and rancid food were their daily reality while caged in dungeons of a bygone era.  Through the constant physical violations Freida found life, a bittersweet life which grew in her womb. [read story]


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