So I hadn't imagined broadly enough the isolation 
I would find myself in after writing this book. 
Nor had I envisaged the consequences which it would have 
for subsequent writing and even for my private life - 
violent threats have not ceased to this date. 
A woman who defended the arch-enemy - 
who didn't equate domestic life with solitary confinement 
and who described the company of young children as a pleasure, 
not a burden - 
necessarily had to become a "misogynist", 
even a "reactionary" and "fascist" in the eyes of the public. 
Esther Vilar, August 1998, on her book,