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ISBN 978-0-9567359-7-3
First published February 2012; 152 pp
paperback with endpapers; 182 x 129 mm
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Born in 1933, Dai Vaughan worked for many years as an editor and producer of documentary films. He wrote on film (For Documentary: Twelve Essays, 1999) and also published fiction – including Moritur (1995), Totes Meer (2003) and Non Return (2005) – and poetry (Inconsequences, 2007). He died on 6 June 2012.

Dai Vaughan  Sister of the artist

‘One of the most imperiously intelligent fiction-writers alive’ – Neal Ascherson

A cloaked figure sweeps towards her. It has the features of Viktor, who she knows is far away. But they are only a painted oval held on a wand, which he flicks aside to reveal, under the sacking cowl, her own double; and she hears a voice – her own? – croak, ‘Who leads in the dance?’

Prompted by the example of the composer Felix Mendelssohn and his sister Fanny, Sister of the artist addresses the injustice of a brother and sister, both artists, whose talents are respectively encouraged and thwarted by the conventions of their time and place. Their story is layered with fragments of more ancient narratives that explore the mysteries of sibling love and the wellsprings of creativity.

Sister of the artist is prefaced by two stories of a writer and her sister, guests returning from Dai Vaughan’s first novel, The Cloud Chamber (1993).

           Fanny Mendelssohn (1805–1847),
           sketched by Wilhelm Hensel