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Diana: A Diary in the Second Person [Paperback]

Russell Smith
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April 1 2008
In 2003 well known novelist, Globe & Mail contributor and CBC personality Russell Smith wrote a pornographic novel under the pseudonym Diane Savage. Few copies made it into circulation, and even fewer people knew who really wrote the book. This edition, with a new introduction by the author, parts the veil on Smiths pseudomonious existence, and makes the book widely available for the first time. Written in the tradition of erotic confession (with a catch), as delicately written as the tales of Anais Nin or Pauline Reage, Smiths pornographic novel portrays in memoir form female desire. The unnamed narrator gorgeous, sophisticated, bored, underemployed embarks on a series of intense urban encounters and relationships, described with Smiths trademark wit and linguistic playfulness. Her desire is limitless: toe curling intense, without reserve. Diana: A Diary in the Second Person is a literary experiment, a modernist tale told in deft prose, whose goal is to arouse and to paint a sexual portrait of a city. It scorches.

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"Russell Smith is not Canada's greatest writer. A formidable cohort of older authors, preeminently Alice Munro and Mavis Gallant, will have to retire from competition before Smith has a shot at that title. But for more than a decade he has been, for me at least, Canada's most fascinating writer, the author whose new books and stories I most eagerly anticipate, whose fiction I approach with a hopeful curiosity grounded in the fact that his early novels gave me a great deal of pleasure and each new volume, whether successful or not, shows a strenuous effort to expand his literary range."—Jeet Heer, Canadian Notes and Queries "It's unrelentingly smutty, but it's also a valuable reflection on sexuality in our lives and the importance we place on it, and what we can gain from being comfortable in our own skin."—Nom De Plume Press

About the Author

Russell Smith is the author of six works of fiction. A well-known journalist and cultural commentator, he writes the weekly "Virtual Culture" column, on issues of representation, in The Globe and Mail. Smith was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1963, and upon emigrating educated in Halifax. He studied French literature at the University of Poitiers (France), Queen's University and the University of Paris (III). He obtained an MA in French from Queen's, with a thesis on the poetry of Paul Eluard. His first novel, How Insensitive, was nominated for the Governor General's Award, the Trillium Award, and the Chapters/Books In Canada First Novel Award, and became a best-seller in Canada. He is also the author of the novels Noise and Muriella Pent, the short story collection Young Men, the illustrated fable The Princess and the Whiskheads, and a book on men 's fashion, Men 's Style. He lives and writes in Toronto.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Tries too hard Feb. 15 2011
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The book started off alright, but it seemed that the author was trying too hard to recreate the Story of O. I maybe be in the minority, however I prefer that my erotica more on the realistic side, and this book initially started out that way. About halfway through, and right through the end, it lost all plausibility (which is when it lost me). Perhaps because I've read the Story of O recently, I found it to be simply a poor cousin of the original.
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