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Forsaken: An AIDS memoir

Price : $14.75
ISBN # : 9789382579069
Author : Alexandre Bergamini & Renuka George (Tr)
pages: 175
Edition : Paperback
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Yoda Press
Published : 2015

In Forsaken, Alexandre Bergamini draws us into a poeticyet precise account of his personal life his older brother ssuicide; his fraught relationship with his father who isashamed of his son and his sexuality; his travels; his sexualencounters; and his struggle to undergo treatment for HIVwithout caving in psychologically even as he sets out toexplore the more general problem of contaminated blood .

What comes to light is a devastating narrative of medicalnegligence and misappropriation of funds that led to theexplosion of the AIDS pandemic during the 1980s with thegay community right at its very centre. At once an intimateaccount and a political pamphlet, this shattering bookpushes the reader to address the important issue oftreatment with dignity, while painting a vivid picture of whatit is to live as a gay and HIV-positive individual. Ultimately,though, Forsaken is a testimony to being able to rise aboveit all after facing adversity of the worst kind, and thus free ofdisease, to experience once again the joy and peace ofbeing part of this world.

Author Bio: Alexandre Bergamini is a French poet and writer. He lives in silence and solitude away from it all at the centre of the world, on the heights of Valromey. He writes about renunciation, loss and abandonment.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Thursday 11 June, 2015.

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