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Kim Bendheim Takes Readers on an In-Depth Exploration of Gonne’s Life, Revealing Her Complexity and Paradoxes in Her Book “The Fascination of What’s Difficult: A Life of Maud Gonne”

Kim Bendheim’s Intimate Portrait of a Powerful and Controversial Woman

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Who was Maud Gonne, the legendary Irish Joan of Arc? Kim Bendheim offers a unique and comprehensive portrait of this remarkable woman in her book “The Fascination of What’s Difficult: A Life of Maud Gonne.”

Born into great privilege, Maud Gonne made a name for herself by challenging the status quo and engaging in political activism. She defied the British Empire and had several children out of wedlock. She was a journalist, an actress, and a lifelong anti-Semite. Yet, she also won the admiration of William Butler Yeats and converted to Catholicism in order to marry her husband, Irish Catholic war hero John MacBride.

Bendheim’s in-depth exploration of Gonne’s life reveals her complexity and contradictions. Bendheim conducted extensive research, including interviews with Gonne’s descendants, to gain insight into this powerful woman. She was an independent spirit who chose to chart her own course and Bendheim’s book provides an intimate look into her life.

“The Fascination of What’s Difficult” is an intriguing and thought-provoking look into the life of the woman who has come to be known as the Irish Joan of Arc. Bendheim’s book is a captivating and informative read that will inspire everyone who reads it.

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“The Fascination of What’s Difficult: A Life of Maud Gonne”
Author: Kim Bendheim
Publisher: OR Books (April 27, 2021)
Language:‎ English
Paperback: 218 pages
ISBN-10:‎ 1682192067
ISBN-13:‎ 978-1682192061

About the Author
Kim Bendheim is a poet, performer, and writer. Her byline has appeared in The Forward, The Nation, The Chicago Tribune, Ladies Home Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Bomb magazine, which published her poetry. A cum laude graduate of Harvard University, she received two Masters degrees: one from New York University (where she studied Irish literature and history), and one from the City College of New York (where she studied poetry). She lives in New York City.

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