O chorowaniu. Ze wstępem Hermione Lee
In illness words seem to possess a mystic quality.
This short Woolf essay discusses the strange and often unsettling state of illness, one that Woolf asserts has been poorly represented in literature. Woolf's primary concern here is with the effects that illness has on how we take in the world, and how illness can change our relationships with the people around us. She also talks about reading while sick, and how "illness makes us disinclined for the lone campaign that prose exacts," recommendin...more
This is a book for all seasons. A brilliant piece of writing by one of my favorite female writers. I wrote a review of the essay here:
This was a lovely, meandering little essay on illness, its place in literature, the states of mind that it engenders, and how the acts of writing and reading are influenced by it. In spite of the subject matter, the tone of the piece is frequently very playful, and outright funny in parts. There are also, of course, treatments of isolation, melancholy, and death that one would rightly expect from an essay on being ill. The occasionally long, convoluted, dreamy sentences do a good job of evoking...more
The essay was delightful and elegant but I was a bit underwhelmed by the ending.
It took me back to my childhood when every year I was sure to fall ill due to...more
Like with any introduction to the Communist Manifesto, Hermione Lee's introduction may actually be longer than Woolf's interesting, cursory essay on illness, an ill person's 'deserting' from the upstanding healthy human crowd, illness's ability to speak truths, and how there is no literature in English that truly captures illness as it does love. Illness shows us the world in new eyes, allows us to take time to look...more
There is, let us confess it ((and illness is the great confessional), a ch...more
O saisons, ô châteaux, Quelle ame est sans défauts? - Rimbaud
(O seasons, O castles, What soul is blameless?)
Acompañando estas páginas se encuentra el ensayo que la propia Julia Stephen, madre de Virginia, escribió sobre el cuidado de los enfermos: Notes from Sick Rooms. S...more
Woolf has me thinking about the aims of writing in new ways. The essay wanders in many different and seemingly unrelated directions, but it's more of a think-piece than a traditional essay. She draws connections between disparate ideas (cloud formations, influenza, madness, Shakespeare)...more
But as someone whose life has been defined...more
It was partially written while she was under the influence of all sorts of mind-numbing stuff, as well hallucinating, and trying to show how her headaches and challenges were so devastating to what she lived to do: write.
It was incomplete before she died. Her husband published it with apology,...more
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...more