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Kohda, Claire

Entry updated 14 March 2022. Tagged: Author.

(?   –     ) UK author whose first novel, Woman, Eating (2022), sophisticatedly examines the dilemmas – social, sexual (see Sex), philosophical – that must be faced by a Vampire in the contemporary world. The protagonist of the tale, whose father is Japanese and mother half-British half-Malaysian, seems well placed both to be impacted by her condition (see Race in SF) and ultimately to profit from it. The argument of the tale seems to be that as a young artist alone in London, she has a world to incorporate herself in and, literally, to incorporate, but that as a person with Superpowers and potentially Immortal she may triumphantly ride her condition, an outcome with Feminist implications. There are some resemblances to Anne Rice's early novels, in particular Interview with the Vampire (1976), though not to the hierarchy- and family-gorged sequels to that volume. [JC]

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