Magazine article Herizons

The Hungry Mirror: Lisa De Nikolits

Magazine article Herizons

The Hungry Mirror: Lisa De Nikolits

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THE HUNGRY MIRROR LISA DE NIKOLITS lnanna Publications

REVIEW BY ANJANA BALAKRISHNAN

Lisa de N i ko lits' The Hungry Mirror is a first- person narrative about the daily stress of being bulimic. Creeping into every inch of her life - be it her perfect, convenient, loveless marriage, herfriends (or the lackthereof), jobs that frequently change, or her struggle to live the lie of having the perfect life - these pages flesh out the protagonist's constant dread of food.

The unnamed protagonist, accentuating her fight for that elusive thin identity, is clean in her denial of her condition when we first meet her. But we are soon gurgling around in the regurgitated contents of her life - be it her diet-obsessed parents or the picture-perfect world of fashion magazines, where she works as an art director.

The refuge she finds in self-help books, the reassurance that mythology provides and the sanctuary of her office computer all turn out to be temporary. …

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