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Quotation: Pat Barker on “The Silence of the Girls”

Pat Barker on Briseis, the main character of the novel The Silence of the Girls, based on the women from Homer’s Iliad:


“You can sometimes struggle for months to get the voice of a new character, but Briseis’s voice was there from the beginning, as if she was impatient to make herself heard. If I had to stop writing for a time, she was always there waiting for me when I got back.”

Pat Barker

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