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After 22 Years, Jenny Diski's First Short Story Collection is Published in America

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She would protest or maybe just roll her eyes. But a year after her death at age 68 from cancer the British writer Jenny Diski seems more Jewish than she did during her lifetime.

Much in her prolific oeuvre—18 books, an LRB column and many occasional pieces–reads Sontagian, by which I mean attached to a certain kind of assimilated twentieth century Jewish female intellectual cool, an avuncular contrarian ferocity. If you’re not predisposed, it might tax you, especially if you want a more definitive point of view, linear narrative, or a happy ending. (Full disclosure: when she reviewed my third book, The Steal, for The New Yorker, she wrote mostly about her shoplifting).

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