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Posted 03 July 2015 - 12:46 AM

Gustavo Sainz, Mexican author of, amongst others, La Princesa del Palacio de Hierro which won the Premio Xavier Villaurrutia, 74. https://translate.go....html&edit-text=


Posted 02 July 2015 - 10:51 AM

Theodore Weesner, whose most popular book was "The Car Thief" is dead at 79 after congestive heart failure:




Posted 01 July 2015 - 07:30 PM

Turkish author Osman Necmi Gürmen dead at 88:




Posted 20 June 2015 - 03:05 AM

James Salter, American author of A Sport And A Pastime and other novels and short stories, 90. http://www.nytimes.c...ner=rss&emc=rss


Posted 16 June 2015 - 08:18 PM




Author Jenny Diski is terminally ill with inoperable lung cancer but - according to a lengthy piece in The Observer - today was told in August she has "two to three years." An outside bet for 2015 (her chemo'd immune system could fail her), but definitely in there from 2016 onwards if she makes that start line.

I've read a couple of Jenny Diski's books, mainly due to her association with Doris Lessing. Like Mother, is a deeply subversive piece of work about a descent in to nihilism, narrated by a baby without a brain called Nonentity.

I believe one of the lead characters in Lessing's Memoirs Of A Survivor is based on Diski. 


That is pretty much the point of the article over the weekend, that the pair had a deal not to write about each other but Diski - facing death - is now freed from that and Lessing broke it repeatedly by nicking their relationship as material for fiction. Writers, eh, deceitful scummers hobbled by emotional baggage and forever prone to sprinting for the moral high ground.



Jenny Diski was the subject of a lengthy article in The New York Times last week. 


Although the treatment seemed to have stalled the disease’s momentum, it had also worsened the pulmonary fibrosis (an incurable scarring of the lungs that, in effect, slowly suffocates the patient) with which Diski was diagnosed several years ago. It is now looking more likely that the fibrosis will kill her first.



Diski is also composing essays each month for the London Review of Books.  Her writing is a bit of an acquired taste, but for anyone interested, her latest offering can be found here.


Posted 16 June 2015 - 05:07 PM

Josef Topol, Czech playwright and poet, 80. https://translate.go...e_ELE&edit-text=


Posted 16 June 2015 - 10:55 AM

Graham Lord former literary editor and biographer of those who you would think would not need one

Interesting. He created an "anti-Booker prize" for readable fiction. So both he and his literary opponent Ion Trewin die in the same year.


Posted 15 June 2015 - 12:23 PM

Graham Lord former literary editor and biographer of those who you would think would not need one


Posted 11 June 2015 - 03:49 PM

German sci-fi author Wolfgang Jeschke dead at 78:




His most famous book was "The Last Day of Creation".


Posted 10 June 2015 - 01:04 PM

Marguerite Patten, food writer, 99. http://www.theguardi...en-dies-aged-99


Edit: Telegraph Obit: http://www.telegraph...r-obituary.html


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