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Jurnalul unei scriitoare

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Un omagiu adus scriitoarei de Leonard Woolf, avand la baza jurnalul pastrat de autoare timp de 27 de ani. Note referitoare la propria scriitura, simple exercitii literare, relatari legate de persoane sau episoade din viata care i-au influentat opera, comentarii pe marginea unor opere literare- iata cateva elemente care intregesc portretul unei figuri emblematice in peisaju ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published 2005 by Rao (first published 1953)
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scritch scratch scritch scratch dash
scritch scratch scritch scratch semi-colon
scritch scratch scritch scratch inkblot
the trusty nib flounders a moment
then wades through the puddle of ink
and on to the end of the line
to the end of the page
to the end of that year’s diary
and though it flounders sometimes along the way
the trusty nib keeps on scratching through the diaries
until half-way though the last
it flounders finally

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Virginia Woolf

On January 1, 1953, Leonard Woolf completed his Preface to A Writer's Diary, a compilation of extracts from the 26 volumes of diaries that Virginia Woolf wrote from 1915 until 1941, with the last entry written just four days before her death. This book was published before the five-volume set of Woolf's diaries that is still in print today. Leonard Woolf makes it clear that, especially since so many of the people whom Woolf wrote about were still alive at the point, it was importan
I have to wonder at my timing on this one. Here I am, picking up one of the most perfect books for spurring the self on to writing during the merry month of NaNoWriMo, only to finish in the midst the most recent surge of action in the great Gramazon debacle; a debacle wholly embittered by the concept of self-published authors. Now, I'd like to go the traditional rout of publishing myself, but still. It gives both this review and my dream of writing for a living an air of antagonism, watch your s ...more
My copy of A Writer's Diary—I tried to post a photo, but Goodreads just couldn't deal with whatever it was I had to offer—has a forest of little tags poking out from the side. All the passages I've marked.

As a writer, I move between despair and joy on a daily basis. A good day of writing leaves me scoured clean and refilled with peace;

There is some ebb and flow of the tide of life which accounts for it; though what produces either ebb or flow I'm not sure.

but the stress of rejection and of
Stephen P
Nov 11, 2015 Stephen P rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: diary

A full review to come.

It has arrived. However most of the, Likes, below referred to a quote of Woolf's in an update status I entered. Then using the magic of my technical skills I lost. Sad. A period of web mourning, yet it appeared again in the review below.

What we have here is a reviewer who has been kidnapped. I’m sure it will be in tomorrow’s papers. But how to get out to write… the review? Is there anything here to use to be resourceful?

Only words.

More words.

They mount threatening to cru
This was glorious. I’ve underlined great things on nearly every page. If this is what Virginia Woolf could produce when sitting in bed and simply writing an expansive version of a ‘dear diary’, it tells us something about her genius (she calls it a dialogue of the soul with the soul). It is the best I’ve read by Woolf so far. It is more immediate, more intimate, more relatable than what I’ve read by her before. It is packed with thoughts and feelings and metaphors and meaning.

I’m slowly wading m
Miss Ravi
Oct 02, 2016 Miss Ravi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
در آخرین جملهی کتاب، ویرجینیا میخواهد شام بپزد. ماهی هداک و سوسیس. بیست روز پیش از خودکشیاش. در حالی که برای روزها و ماههای آیندهاش برنامه ریخته. گاهی انرژی دارد و گاهی بیحوصله است. درست است که خودکشی با بعضیها هست؟
بی آنکه پای ویژگی مشترکی وسط باشد، ویرجینیا وولف من را یاد ویوین مایر میانداخت. شاید برای آنکه هر دو دروننگری خاصی داشتهاند و شاید هم بیدلیل. ویرجینیا در سراسر یادداشتهایش دارد با کتابهایش دستوپنجه نرم میکند. اول اشتیاق نوشتنشان را دارد و بعد انگار با آنها میجنگد، جنگی برای شکل دادن ب
Ben Winch
Oct 08, 2015 Ben Winch added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ben by: Fionnuala
Shelves: anglo, english
Woolf. I can’t say as I get her yet, but I’m trying, in fits and starts. A Writer’s Diary has sat by my bed for a good few months now, at times (during the sections on To the Lighthouse, The Waves, The Years) leaping into the foreground of my thoughts, but mostly providing a fallback when I wanted to snatch a quick paragraph or two of something that wouldn’t get its hooks in me. And no, at no point did it really get those hooks in, whether through discussion of craft (which I would have loved, b ...more
Dec 04, 2014 Amir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
هوش بالا وقتی با جزئینگری زنانه ترکیب میشه تبدیل به یه تجربهی جذاب و صد البته ویرانگر میشه. ویرانگرتر از هوش مردانه. ظرافت طبع ویرجینیا وولف رو میشه تو لابهلای صفحات این کتاب دید. یادداشتهای وولف آیرونیوارانه! از سال 1918 (سال جنگ بزرگ) تا 1941 (میانههای جنگ عالمگیر دوم) رو شامل میشه
همهی جذابیت این کتاب برمیگرده به دید زدن حالات روحی یه نویسنده توی یه گسترهی زمانی بیست و چند ساله. وولف اوایل کتاب بسیار حساس هست و بی اعتماد به نفس. دونه دونهی نقدهایی که روی کارهاش می نویسند روش تاثیر میگذاره. ام
Lady Jane
Ah, Virginia. I feel that I know you, although I know that I do not.
I like reading about your struggles and realizing just how much you leave out (this book is excerpts from a much longer diary). I like that you are human, worried, fallible. I want to jump though the pages of time to reassure you that your writing, your reputation and your beautiful works of art will survive. I love you Virginia. How very presumptuous of me.
La parola scritta permette agli uomini, ai loro gesti, di non morire. Che sia letta o meno, congela atti, pensieri, e li rivitalizza al tempo stesso a ogni richiesta.
E' una lettura piacevole e molto stimolante, questa, durante la quale partecipare alle emozioni, così come a una confidenza. Rende un'idea esatta - non potrebbe essere altrimenti - del calibro della scrittrice e della donna; della sua sensibilità paradossale; del travaglio di ogni creazione; del sollievo di ogni vittoria; dell'uman
Sep 29, 2016 Kirsty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
A Writer’s Diary was first published posthumously in 1953 and is one of Persephone’s new reprints for Spring 2012. The book is composed of extracts from Virginia Woolf’s thirty diaries, unpublished at the time of its original publication. Each extract has been carefully selected by her husband Leonard, whose idea was ‘to extract those entries that show her in the act of writing’.

Lyndall Gordon, a biographer of Virginia Woolf, has contributed a new preface to this edition. Written in October 2011
Sep 22, 2012 Alessandro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Strano come la forza creativa rimette subito in sesto l’universo intero.”

Bisogna armarsi di passione e di pazienza per entrare nell’Io inespresso della Woolf, e salire sulle impalcature di quelle sue lente – e pur sempre operose – costruzioni letterarie. Leggere il suo diario è dare uno sguardo attento dapprima alla planimetria e poi al vero e proprio progetto, portato avanti con impegno e minuziosità, nell’esercizio della scrittura, nell’esercizio del vivere. È partecipare direttamente alla fo
Jenny Maloney
Loved, loved, loved this! I highly recommend this book for writers...especially those who think that they might be struggling in vain. After all, Woolf is now listed as one of the greats and this book is packed with information on her process, her concerns, her self-doubts, and her triumphs. It's inspiring.

The reader does have to keep in mind that this is a diary, and therefore doesn't have a particular 'design'. The emotional ups and downs can be tiring (especially regarding her concern about c
Jun 06, 2016 Zari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
جمعه، 30 آوريل 1926
... ديروز بخش اول به سوي فانوس دريايي را تمام کردم، و امروز بخش دوم را شروع کردم. هيچ نميتوانم سر در بياورم. يکي از دشوارترين و مجردترين پاره از اثر درست همين است که با آن روبرويم. بايد به ترسيم يک خانه خالي بپردازم، بي وجود هيچ شخصيتي از هيچ کسي، و گذشت زمان، و همه کور و فاقد هر ويژگي، بيوجود هيچ چيزي که بتوان در آن چنگ انداخت؛ خوب، با شتاب مينويسم، و تا چشم به هم بزني دوصفحة تمام سياه کردهام. آيا مزخرفند؟ آيا عاليند؟ چرا اينطوري واژه باران ميشوم، آنهم ظاهراَ تا اين حد آزاد
Aman Mittal
Feb 16, 2015 Aman Mittal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are few writers who write their diaries in a fashion of self-talking. Just to clear one's mind from all the wandering thoughts. I think, that one of the sole purpose of keeping a diary. While reading A Writer's Diary, one has to keep in mind that diaries does not have a specific design by which they are written. It's diary, it can be tedious, and full of blissful thoughts at the same time. It can be an account of one's daily musings, or be a thoughts keeper from time to time. Virginia Wool ...more
Nina Milton
May 10, 2014 Nina Milton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
My copy of Virginia Woolf’s A WRITER'S DIARY seems to be a first edition of 1953 from The Hogarth Press. It has that smell of an old book about it – a mix of tobacco, spores and midnight oil. The original owner of the book has written her name in on the first page in slanting black ink...Marjory Todd...and dated it 1/1/54,suggesting that this was a Christmas present. Dipping into it on occasion, as I do, reminds me of something Virginia wrote...What a vast fertility of pleasure books hold for me ...more
Nov 04, 2012 Mimonni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quando un libro mi richiede tempo, rallenta la mia voracità nel leggere e detta i suoi ritmi già so che quasi sicuramente è un libro che mi rimarrà impresso. A volte mi capita, con i Diari di una scrittrice è successo. Forse è stato un errore vedere "Hours" nel mentre, anche se così alcuni particolari supportati dall'immagine ( tipo la tavoletta di scrittura con calamaio incorporato, bellissima) hanno avuto una sorta di sottolineatura.
Quello che provo quando leggo Virginia Woolf è sempre qualcos
Oct 08, 2014 Laila rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Keyifle okumayı umduğum günlük ne yazık ki beklediğim etkiyi yaratmadı. Zira günlüğün baskıya hazırlanması sürecinde neyin yayınlanıp yayınlanmayacagına Woolf'un kocası karar vermiş. Bu da asıl günlüklerden kırpılanlardan kalanların bize ulaşması demek...

Kitapta Woolf'un yazmayı dusunduğu kitaplara, karakterlere dair ip uçları bulabiliyorsunuz. Çevresini anlattığı kısımlarda kırpılanlardan kalanlar çok doyurucu gelmedi bana.

Uygun bir zamanda yeniden yazıldığı dilden okumayı deneyeceğim...

Apr 28, 2009 Nina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't really know much about the relationship between Leonard and Virginia Woolf, but this book was lovingly edited. Excerpted from her unabridged diaries, Leonard Woolf culled the bits that he thought to be most about writing--the process, exercises, etc. These entries detail her exhaustive writing and revision process, as well as the relationship between her own reading and writing. She often sets herself schedules and tasks here, which were interesting to read. Reading this book has re-invi ...more
Aug 20, 2016 Silvia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The thoughts, the doubts and the passions of Woolf -a diary that makes her feel more human.
Aug 09, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Argh, the inadequacy of the stars! One star is missing only for all the people and events that went over my head (rather that I let pass by). But even at her most informal (or especially?), Woolf is striking. The last year (1940-1941; the war) is affecting enough to balance out that last stretch of the diaries that is not as concerned with writing as the preceding. The brevity and casualness of her "notes" and the repetition of her anguish and fear and anxiety with every book are somehow warming ...more
Heather Mize

I suppose your diary is the one place it's ok to be self obsessed, but I find Woolf's ego and narcissism off putting. Most writers have ego's of course, but I get the feeling Woolf writes more to stroke her ego than she does for story. I find her and Joyce to be overrated. I don't think inaccessible, scholarly writing is what makes good literature. Story does. It's fiction for crying out loud! I am impressed most when writers are not trying to impress! Of course Woolf is deeply insecure and cri
Ahmad Sharabiani
یک یادداشت روزانه از وولف، یادداشت سهشنبه 19 ژوئن
دفترچه را با این ایده به دست گرفتم که شاید درباره نوشتنم چیزی بگویم. بر اثر نگاه کردن به آنچه کاترین مانسفیلد در «لانه کبوتر» درباره نوشتن خود گفته بود، برانگیخته شدم. ولی فقط به آن نگاهی کردم. درباره احساسات ژرف بسیار گفته بود، همچنین درباره پاکی، که از آن انتقاد نمیکنم، در حالی که میتوانم. اما خب، درباره نوشتههایم چه احساسی دارم؟- این کتاب یعنی «ساعتها»1، اگر عنوانش همین باشد؟ داستایوسکی گفت آدم باید از احساسات عمیق بنویسد. آیا من چنین میکنم؟ یا
Roof Beam Reader
My god, what a gift. Not just that she had a gift, that's true, but this diary is such a gift to us all. Tracing her life, being witness to her thoughts, doubts, depression, triumphs. Seeing how her process grew and developed from book to book, and sneaking peeks at the relationships she had with other writers and artists. All of this wrapped up in the outbreak of World War II, which impacted her directly. Such an unbelievable gift. Woolf had a mind like no other, a talent like no other. Reading ...more
Ash Shalvey-Phelan
It's like listening to a really boring person who only ever discusses the same thing over and over. Except if you were stuck in a room with them for days on end, prattling on and on about how many copies sold of each of her books and how she's a serial procrastinator.
Zeynab Babaxani
Mar 22, 2016 Zeynab Babaxani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
برخورد از نزدیک با روزهای یک نویسنده ی پرتلاش . کتاب جذابی بود البته برای کسانی که کتابهای مستند رو دوست دارند. و الا از نظر جذابیت روایی یا کشش موضوعی، کتاب جالبی نبود. من اما دوستش داشتم
Jan 13, 2013 Corey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are times when I think that Virginia Woolf was our most passionate, observant and shrewd writer and that is most in evidence, perhaps, in her diaries and letters. Here she is sharp, entertaining, thrilling, brilliant, sorrowful and inspiring, and yet, always, human.
She says this: “I get the strangest feeling now of our all being in the midst of some vast operation: of the splendor of this undertaking—life: of being capable of dying: an immensity surrounds me. No—I can’t get it—shall let i
Nov 18, 2012 Hadesdump rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Partendo dal fatto che io amo alla follia la Woolf, non potevo che comprare questo libro e riconoscerci dentro l'evoluzione dei suoi romanzi, che io ho amato e apprezzato come ho potuto fare con poche altre mie letture. Il diario rappresenta la vera vita di una scrittrice, e mostra come i sentimenti degli uomini non cambino mai, anche se vivono in uno sfondo storico-culturale diverso. Bellissimo.
Jul 11, 2008 Anad rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Virginia's writing
I'm only about halfway through right now, and there are a number of tedious parts and some repeats but it's interesting to see how hard on herself she was and how modern in her thinking. She is very unsentimental which I like, and some of her insights and depressions related to being an artist (with words) resonated with me and my own struggles.
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(Adeline) Virginia Woolf was an English novelist and essayist regarded as one of the foremost modernist literary figures of the twentieth century.

During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a member of the Bloomsbury Group. Her most famous works include the novels Mrs Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927), and Orlando (1928), and the book-length es
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