Daitch, Susan.

ISBN 10: 1853810916 / ISBN 13: 9781853810916
Published by London: Virago Press, (1989.) dj, 1989
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Hardcover first edition - First printing. Set in post-modern New York, this is the story of Electra, a displaced comic-book heroine, and Julie, who makes her living coloring the panels of comic books. Cover praise from Salman Rushdie and Patrick McGrath. 216 pp. Fine in fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 46988

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Publisher: London: Virago Press, (1989.) dj

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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A multi-layered novel in which the line between prostituting one's art and selling one's body is disturbingly thin. It is the story of Julie, an artist who makes her living filling in the panels of a comic book; of Electra, a genetically engineered "Wonder Woman" type and Julie's elusive lover.

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Daitch's ( L.C. ) second novel never stops talking about itself. The title refers to Julie Greene, a melancholy young art school graduate living in New York City's East Village who colors the frames of the comic strip Electra . Julie's every encounter with high or low culture, from Egyptian hieroglyphics to a prostitute's little black book, is a chance to discuss the story she's telling and the way stories are told. When Electra is discontinued, Julie and co-worker Laurel Quan Liu write the strip themselves, turning Electra into an amnesiac wandering through their own troubled neighborhood. As Electra's adventures increasingly resemble Julie's, Laurel accuses her of representing their creation "as if she had no will of her own, or whatever bit of will she did possess was nearly useless." Julie herself remains exhaustingly and inexplicably passive--the meager plot here is driven by chance meetings and unexpected phone calls. Despite some finely wrought insights, Daitch never convinces us that Julie's situation is as inevitable or as unalterable as she wants us to believe.
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