Harper Academic

The Vanishing Princess

Stories

by Jenny Diski

On Sale: 12/05/2017

Price: $15.99

The Vanishing Princess

Stories

by Jenny Diski

On Sale: 12/05/2017

Format:

Price: $15.99

About the Book

“Mysterious, beguiling, and quietly radical, readers everywhere are lucky to live in a moment when they can discover, or rediscover, her eccentric charm.” -- Alexandra Kleeman, author of Intimations

*Named a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2017*

WITH A PREFACE BY HEIDI JULAVITS, AUTHOR OF THE FOLDED CLOCK

The only story collection from the beloved Jenny Diski—darkly funny, subversive, sexy, and eccentric tales from one of the most original and intelligent voices of our time.

Jenny Diski’s prose is as sharp and steely as her imagination is wild and wondrous. When she died of cancer in April 2016, after chronicling her illness in strikingly honest essays in the London Review of Books, readers, admirers, and critics around the world mourned the loss. In a cool and unflinching tone that came to define her singular voice, she explored the subjects of sex, power, domesticity, femininity, hysteria, and loneliness with humor and honesty,

The stories in The Vanishing Princess showcase a rarely seen side of this beloved writer, channeling both the piercing social examination of her nonfiction and the vivid, dreamlike landscapes of her novels. In a Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale turned on its head, a miller’s daughter rises to power and wealth to rule over her kingdom and outwit the title villain. “Bathtime” tells the story of a woman’s life through her attempts to build the perfect bathtub, chasing an elusive moment of peace. In “Short Curcuit,” the author mines her own bouts in and out of mental institutions outside London to question whether those we think are mad are really the sanest among us.

Longtime fans of Diski and those who have discovered her since her death will find much to treasure here, in her only short story collection, released in the US for the very first time. The Vanishing Princess is another vital stop on Jenny Diski’s journey for meaning and beauty in her prolific writing, one that feels as fresh and necessary as if it were brand-new.

Critical Praise

“Glimmers like found treasure—or a mirage...insightful, imaginative, and wryly clever... Regal, raunchy, revealing—the stories in this collection leave a lasting impression.” - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Excellent. . . . Diski displays hard-edged humor, incisive perceptions, and a lively imagination.” - Publishers Weekly

“Mysterious, beguiling, and quietly radical, readers everywhere are lucky to live in a moment when they can discover, or rediscover, her eccentric charm.”
- Alexandra Kleeman, author of Intimations

“Each story is told in Diski’s clear, authoritative voice and explores how women strain (or not) against the bounds of a confining world. A great introduction to Diski’s works.” - Library Journal

“If you don’t know Jenny Diski’s impressive body of work--six travel memoirs and two volumes of essays--read the British writer’s brilliant posthumous collection...gorgeous, unruly.” - Elle

“Sharp, funny, clever...There’s much to admire in the book--the energy of the prose, the playfulness with which Diski approaches her stories.” - New York Review of Books

“It’s hard for me to imagine a reader exposed to Jenny Diski’s writing who wouldn’t be hooked... Her prose conveys the illusion of a spontaneous monologue, a mind mainlined onto the page... Her life was material. She was her writing, the sum of it a masterpiece.” - New York magazine

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062685711
  • ISBN 10: 0062685716
  • Imprint: Ecco
  • On Sale: 12/05/2017
  • Trimsize: 5.313 in (w) x 8.000 in (h) x 0.468 in (d)
  • Pages: 208
  • List Price: $15.99
  • BISAC1: FICTION / Short Stories (single author)