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Beatrice'ten Sonra Birinci Yüzyıl…
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Beatrice'ten Sonra Birinci Yüzyıl (utgåvan 2005)

av Amin Maalouf (Författare), Orçun Türkay (Översättare)

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A French entomologist, attending a symposium in Cairo, finds a cruious kind of bean being on a market stall. It is claimed the beans, derived from the scarab beetle, have magic powers; specifically the power to guarantee the brith of a male infant - and when the entomologist does some research in to the matter, discovering the incidence of female birth has become increasingly rare, he is left in no doubt that the world has entered intoa critical phase of its history. As this beloved daughter Beatrice approaches maturity, the entomologist and his partner question the validity of gender bias, and attempt to redress the growing imbalance before it reaches irreversible proportions. But in the poverty and famine of the South, where male children can mean the difference between survival and starvation, the popularity of the scarab beans is already taking devastating effect.… (mer)
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Titel:Beatrice'ten Sonra Birinci Yüzyıl
Författare:Amin Maalouf (Författare)
Andra författare:Orçun Türkay (Översättare)
Info:Yapı Kredi Yayınları (2005), Edition: 20, 167 pages
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The First Century After Beatrice av Amin Maalouf

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Science fiction of a sort but, in the end, a little too didactic or philosophical for me. Maybe it just wasn’t a good book. I opened it with great anticipation; I read Leo Africanus many years ago and was quite impressed. But I had never gotten back to Maalouf until now. The plot, such as it is, relates to real and artificial limitations on the female birth rate and the catastrophic implications for civilization. Maalouf has certainly done his research and the book is almost frighteningly plausible. Sadly, the longer it goes on, the less impressive it is. The allegory about inequality, racism, and related matters becomes less powerful the more Maalouf flogs it. He doesn’t know when to let up and, sadly, his characters are more vehicles for points of view than they are fully developed people with whom the reader can connect. ( )
  Gypsy_Boy | Aug 22, 2023 |
Well written but ultimately unsatisfying short novel about a near future in which the Middle East sees a steep population decline in its women. Only preferred baby boys are born in patriarchal countries.

It's a fascinating premise and could have lived up to that if it really went into the social effects of this change, but it doesn't do that. It doesn't look for a second at the social changes in partriarchal societies and how women are affected. It's all whining about how it has affected him and other poor, innocent men who can't get wives! What will they do?!?!

Maalouf comes off as a misogynist because this book about women entirely erases the experiences of women under this regime. Not an effective book. ( )
1 rösta sparemethecensor | Mar 6, 2016 |
The First Century after Beatrice is an important book. It depicts a future in which unscrupulous scientists create a "cure" for daughters, when a man can take a pill to guarantee that he will only father sons. Combined with archaic cultures where a man is nothing without sons, the results prove catastrophic, and the whole world feels the effects.

We experience this brave new world, the "Century after Beatrice", through the eyes of a French entomologist, who first encounters the pills in Cairo, where he is attending an academic conference on scarabs. Unlike the men who take them, his greatest desire is to have a daughter, who will be named Beatrice. His partner Clerence, a beautiful journalist, makes the fight against it her life's mission. When she faces opposition at her workplace, she takes maternity leave and gives her husband the daughter he's always wanted. He's the nurturing one, and she's the careerist, but they make a great team.

With the aid of two Holocaust survivors, who quickly grasp the consequences of what is going on, they establish a society to agitate against it. However, the majority of the industrialized world either doesn't think the pills are a big deal, or, more insidiously, think that the subsequent population shrinkage in the global south is a good thing. Until the obvious results of too many men with no hope for a family and no outlet except violence erupt and send refugees streaming northward and women and girls being trafficked southward.

While there are no magic beans to cure men from the curse of daughters, sex selective abortion and infanticide are big issues with global consequences that are very, very real in today's society. Only time will tell what the end result will be in places like China and India where thousands of girls are not born every year. As realistically as the events in Beatrice unfold, I can only hope for a different fate for our world than theirs.

Originally published in French in 1992, The First Century after Beatrice is in many ways a prescient book, although the cultural references to events like Watts and Sarajevo may not resonate as strongly as when it was written. However, it is the epitome of what good speculative fiction should be: exploring current issues to their furthest ends and provoking thought as well as providing entertainment. Not just about gender equality, Maalouf's book also addresses concerns like racism, colonialism, and Western support for third-world dictators. Unfortunately it's no longer in print in the States, but the UK paperback edition can be ordered from BookDepository. I highly, highly recommend it. ( )
  inge87 | Aug 25, 2013 |

This is one of the most beautiful modern novels I have read. Its only flaw is that it's a short book, I have reread it because it leaves me wanting more. I think it's also my favorite work of speculative fiction.

The speculation involves the creation and promotion of a drug that prevents women from having girl children. The long term result is economic collapse, and an increase in male violence. The protagonist is a shy entomologist, whose partner and the love of his life is a journalist much bolder than himself, always traveling for her work and campaigning against the drug. He has mostly raised their adored daughter, Beatrice.

The prose is very fine, lovely and eloquent, and what could be a very didactic novel is a pleasure, a page-turner, and an inspiring mediation on human nature, sexism, and science.

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  scatterall | Apr 10, 2013 |
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A French entomologist, attending a symposium in Cairo, finds a cruious kind of bean being on a market stall. It is claimed the beans, derived from the scarab beetle, have magic powers; specifically the power to guarantee the brith of a male infant - and when the entomologist does some research in to the matter, discovering the incidence of female birth has become increasingly rare, he is left in no doubt that the world has entered intoa critical phase of its history. As this beloved daughter Beatrice approaches maturity, the entomologist and his partner question the validity of gender bias, and attempt to redress the growing imbalance before it reaches irreversible proportions. But in the poverty and famine of the South, where male children can mean the difference between survival and starvation, the popularity of the scarab beans is already taking devastating effect.

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