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Diary of a Djinn

Alhadeff, Gini

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ISBN 10: 0375402349 / ISBN 13: 9780375402340
Published by Pantheon Books, New York, New York, U.S.A., 2003
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RARE Uncorrected Bound Galleys-Not For Sale. 1st Edition-Stated. 1st Printing-Full # Line. New copy. Never read. Trade paperback format. Bottom front corner of cover has a tiny crush mark. Beautiful copy of book and cover. COLLECTOR'S COPY. Bookseller Inventory # 001204

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Title: Diary of a Djinn

Publisher: Pantheon Books, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Edition: 1st Edition

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From the author of the highly praised memoir The Sun at Midday comes this witty and bewitching first novel. Diary of a Djinn takes the narrator and her alter ego, the playful and watchful djinn, on a series of adventures from the glamorous rigors of a Milan fashion house in the 1980s, where the narrator is a reluctant muse to the designer, to 1990s Manhattan. In a humorous flashback, she revisits the cloistered life of a Florentine boarding school filled with the daughters of blueboods and industrialists—a time of comic/catastrophic infatuations with improbable men. In New York, she finally meets Hare –perfect, as the djinn comments, “because he was not ‘free’...a way for her to get used to the idea that people are not possessions.” She is befriended by his mother, the indomitable octogenarian Princess who wears Givenchy and Courrèges, swears by Leopardi and Shakespeare, and believes that art should be left to geniuses but otherwise discouraged. In sickness and in health, as Diary of a Djinn reveals, the body is a magic bottle that can sometimes fall into the wrong hands, until the all-knowing djinn comes to the rescue.

In Diary of a Djinn, Gini Alhadeff has given us a stunning and moving chronicle of the everyday mix of the tragic and the mundane, of elegance and frailty, but above all, love.

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"A hilarious first novel. Alhadeff writes with wit and acuity about the Milan fashion world but she also has a romantic heart. Alhadeff achieves a social commentary that is simultaneously moving and acute. An intelligently sophisticated and wickedly wry read."
--Wendy Wasserstein

“Gini Alhadeff's novel is delicate, secretive, incisive, and very witty—a pleasure to read.”
–Susan Sontag

“Gini Alhadeff’s great subject is, to paraphrase Peter Handke, the innerlife of the outerlife of the innerlife. In this ravishing first novel—a work of modern wisdom literature—those spheres revolve in prose as limpid (and addictive) as ether. Alhadeff meditates, sometimes wickedly, on worldly affairs—sex, fashion, real estate, wanderlust, high life, lowlife, and true love—but her real questions are: whose body is this? How does one achieve self-possession? It's the best kind of suspense story, and the suspense is spiritual.”
–Judith Thurman

“Every person is a djinn in a bottle, expected to hide his or her powers and to exhibit them on command. Every woman is a djinn but the one in this story sets herself free.”
–Francesco Clemente

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