Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Diski, Jenny

(1947-    ) UK writer. All her novels, beginning with her first, Nothing Natural (1986), tend to concentrate on protagonists whose alienation from the course of the world may be expressed in non-naturalistic terms. The assault on normality in Nothing Natural is mundane, but Rainforest (1987) invokes Magic-Realism procedures. Like Mother (1988) is narrated by Nony, an infant child born without a brain, whose mother's life is similarly empty. Then Again (1990) is a Timeslip tale in which an estranged contemporary woman, whose daughter has disappeared, experiences the much earlier life of a Jewish namesake trapped in a pogrom. Monkey's Uncle (1994) is an Ape-as-human fable. Of the stories assembled in The Vanishing Princess (coll 1995), "The Vanishing Princess or The Origin of Cubism", "Shit and Gold" and "The Old Princess" are of fantasy interest. [JC]

Jenny Diski


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