The Queer Diary of Mordred Vienna by Russell Christie

The Queer Diary of Mordred Vienna

byRussell Christie

Kobo ebook | March 12, 2015

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Reviews for The Queer Diary of Mordred Vienna:

‘‘Ideal reading for International Day Against Homo, Bi and Trans phobia… the characters experiment with their lives and their appearances in an economy ever more fascinated with image, sexuality and the self… a coming out story exploring the meanings of ‘coming out’ as a transformative power for society and the individual.” – Nottingham Evening Post, UK

‘‘…an intelligent and sexy novel, also quite funny at times, full of closely observed detail of character and setting. Set mainly in 1990s San Francisco, in a world of new technologies and sexualities, it asks a lot of searching questions about body, personality, performance and identity. Its arguments are embodied in characters who are human enough to carry them without seeming mere emblems or manipulated stereotypes.’’ – Gregory Woods [Emeritus Professor of Gay and Lesbian studies, poet, and author of Articulate Flesh and A History of Gay Literature.]

‘‘This is a novel that offers enjoyment at many levels and may have you usefully reflecting on your own life journey as well as your own potential – erotic, emotional and social. Stimulation and enlightenment are both on offer here. Yes, it can be very sexy, but it will also increase your compassion as you see the characters and yourself and those around you moving through the same essential journey.’’ Queer Bulletin

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The paths of Christian, Daniel and Alan coincide in San Francisco at the beginning of the computer age. They take whatever jobs they can, working as performers in the theaters of the city. It is the early 1990s. In the melting pot of San Francisco they meet Mordred Vienna. Mordred is one of a new wave of performance artistes. She uses her body as her canvas and the focus of her installations. With her partner, Mildred, she reflects on her position in relation to the male models around her. In describing the lives of the dancers of the city, as they progress through Silicon Valley and, ultimately, on to Hollywood and success, Mordred Vienna increasingly finds she is describing her own life and transformations.

The Queer Diary of Mordred Vienna plots a journey from obscurity to recognition, from exile to inclusion and mutual acknowledgement. It is a warm comedy of identity, gender, finding sex and finding love. The narrator follows the paths of a handful of characters as they experiment with their lives and their appearances in an economy ever more fascinated with image, sexuality and the self. The Queer Diary is a coming out story which manifests through both male and female characters, exploring the meanings of ‘coming out’ as a transformative power for society and the individual. It is a work of gay/trans fiction. Like life, it has some erotic content.

 

Russell has written for Gay Times and The Pink Paper in the UK and his short stories have appeared in the Bay Area Purveyor in the US. As well as living in San Francisco and New York during the period of this novel, he has lived in India, China, Ukraine and Britain, pursuing a variety of life experiences while teaching English and absorbing different ways of being. He is interested in the foundations of identity and the places where the political, the personal and the social intersect. The Queer Diary of Mordred Vienna is his first novel.

Title:The Queer Diary of Mordred ViennaFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 12, 2015Publisher:IDQ International PublishingLanguage:English

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