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In gratitude, Jenni Diski

Label
In gratitude
Title
In gratitude
Statement of responsibility
Jenni Diski
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The future flashed before my eyes in all its pre-ordained banality. Embarrassment, at first, to the exclusion of all other feelings. But embarrassment curled at the edges with a weariness ...I got a joke in. 'So - we'd better get cooking the meth,' I said to the Poet. In August 2014, Jenny Diski was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer and given 'two or three years' to live. She didn't know how to react. All responses felt scripted, laden with cliche. Being a writer, she decided to write about it (grappling with the unoriginality even of this), and also to tell a story she has not yet told: that of being taken in, aged fifteen, by the author Doris Lessing, and the subsequent fifty years of their complex relationship. In September 2014 Jenny Diski began writing in the London Review of Books, describing her experience of living with terminal cancer, examining her life and history with Doris Lessing: the fairy-tale rescue from 'the bin' as a teenager, the difficulties of being absorbed into an unfamiliar family and the influence this had on her. Swooping from one memory to the next - alighting on the hysterical battlefield of her parental home, her expulsion from school, stacking shelves in Banbury and the drug-taking twenty-something in and out of psychiatric hospitals, Diski paints a portrait of two extraordinary writers - Lessing and herself. From one of our most original voices comes a book like no other: a cerebral, witty, dazzlingly candid masterpiece about an uneasy relationship; about memory and writing, ingratitude and anger; about living with illness and facing death
Summary
In July 2014, Jenny Diski was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer and given “two or three years” to live. She didn’t know how to react. All responses felt scripted, as if she were acting out her part. To find the response that felt wholly her own, she had to face the cliches and try to write about it. And there was another story to write, one she had not yet told: that of being taken in at age fifteen by the author Doris Lessing, and the subsequent fifty years of their complex relationship
Writing style
Award
New York Times Notable Book, 2016
Biography type
autobiography
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10516334
Cataloging source
WWBK
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Diski, Jenny
Dewey number
809
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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True
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  • Diski, Jenny
  • Diski, Jenny
  • Lessing, Doris
  • Lungs
  • Women novelists, English
  • Authors, English
  • Cancer
  • Novelists, English
  • Cancer
Target audience
adult
Label
In gratitude, Jenni Diski
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: pt. One Doris and Me -- pt. Two Chemo and Me
Control code
000057435047
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
250 pages
Isbn
9781408879917
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40026765065
System control number
(OCoLC)942708506
Label
In gratitude, Jenni Diski
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: pt. One Doris and Me -- pt. Two Chemo and Me
Control code
000057435047
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
250 pages
Isbn
9781408879917
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40026765065
System control number
(OCoLC)942708506

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