On a June morning in 1923, Clarissa Dalloway, the glittering wife of a Member of Parliament, is preparing for a party she is giving that evening. As she walks through London, buying flowers, she remembers the time when she was as young as her own daughter Elizabeth. Elsewhere in London Septimus Smith is being driven mad by shell shock.
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«Ce qui captive l'imagination de Virginia Woolf n'est pas tant de dire avec exactitude ce qu'elle veut dire, communiquer ou représenter, que de trouver une forme et une langue capable de donner abri à son savoir d'artiste. Forme et langue sont pour elle à réinventer continuellement : et c'est de là où règne pour chacun, dans la langue, une jouissance inarticulée que Virginia Woolf nous invite à la joie de la lecture.» Huit nouvelles d'une grande diversité pour découvrir l'oeuvre de l'un des plus importants écrivains anglais du XXe siècle.
This is the story of the Ramsays, based on Virginia Woolf's own family. Written in the stream-of-consciousness style, the book examines family relationships, the traditional roles of the sexes, the tensions and love between husband and wife and the resentment children can feel for their parents.
A Room of One's Own est né d'une conférence que donnée par Virginia Woolf au Girton College de Cambridge en 1928 et est devenue depuis un ouvrage phare de la pensée féministe. Analysant différents aspects de la vie d'une femme ainsi que le travail d'autrices telles que Jane Austen, Aphra Behn et les soeurs Brontë, en passant par l'histoire tragique de la soeur fictive de Shakespeare, Judith, cet essai reste une affirmation passionnée de la créativité et l'indépendance des femmes dans un monde en prévalence dominé par les hommes.
«The sun had not yet risen. The sea was indistinguishable from the sky, except that the sea was slightly creased as if a cloth had wrinkles in it. Gradually as the sky whitened a dark line lay on the horizon dividing the sea from the sky and the grey cloth became barred with thick strokes moving, one after another, beneath the surface, following each other, pursuing each other, perpetually...» The Waves, first published in 1931, is Virginia Woolf's most experimental novel. It consists of soliloquies spoken by the book's six characters: Bernard, Susan, Rhoda, Neville, Jinny, and Louis. Also important is Percival, the seventh character, though readers never hear him speak in his own voice. The soliloquies that span the characters' lives are broken up by nine brief third-person interludes detailing a coastal scene at varying stages in a day from sunrise to sunset.
As the six characters or "voices" speak Woolf explores concepts of individuality, self and community. Each character is distinct, yet together they compose a gestalt about a silent central consciousness.
A Room of One's Own, first published in 1929, is a witty, urbane and persuasive argument against the intellectual subjection of women, particularly women writers. The sequel, Three Guineas, is a passionate polemic which draws a startling comparison between the tyrannous hypocrisy of the Victorian patriarchal system and the evils of fascism.
A title that begins with six children playing in a garden by the sea and follows their lives as they grow up and experience friendship, love and grief at the death of their beloved friend Percival.
JACOB''S ROOM, Virginia Woolf''s third novel, marks her first foray into Modernist experimentation. The narrative traces Jacob''s childhood in Cornwall and his education at Cambridge, culminating in an evocative portrait of his adult life in London and abroad. Jacob is romantically torn between the artistic Florinda, the upper-middle-class Clara Durrant and the beautiful, but married, Sandra Wentworth Williams. This tissue of romance, though, is torn apart by the cataclysmic events of the First World War.
Woolf poignantly depicts the life of Jacob through a sequence of alternating perspectives that combine letters, fragments of dialogue and the ephemeral impressions of those nearest to him. Jacob''s voice becomes the absent centre of one of Modernism''s first great novels.
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The young Rachel Vinrance leaves England on her father''s ship, the Euphrosyne, on a voyage to South America. Despite being accompanied by her father and her aunt and uncle, Helen and Ridley Ambrose, the passage leads to Rachel''s awakening, both as a woman and as an individual. As the ship is wracked by storms, she finds herself romantically entangled with Richard Dalloway, an encounter that leaves her troubled and confused.
Upon arrival in Santa Marina, Rachel strikes off alone to contemplate her identity, and finds finds herself with the aspiring novelist Terence Hewet. As the emerging romance between the two is complicated by their disagreements about gender and art, another storm, and tragedy, appear on the horizon.
"A Room of One's Own" is a feminist essay which grew out of a lecture that Virginia Woolf had been invited to give at Girton College, Cambridge in 1928. Ten years later "Three Guineas" appeared, an open letter in answer to the question: how can war be prevented?
'People should not leave looking-glasses hanging in their rooms any more than they should leave open cheque books or letters confessing some hideous crime.' 'If she concealed so much and knew so much one must prize her open with the first tool that came to hand - the imagination.' Virginia Woolf's writing tested the boundaries of modern fiction, exploring the depths of human consciousness and creating a new language of sensation and thought. Sometimes impressionistic, sometimes experimental, sometimes brutally cruel, sometimes surprisingly warm and funny, these five stories describe love lost, friendships formed and lives questioned.
This book includes The Lady in the Looking Glass, A Society, The Mark on the Wall, Solid Objects and Lappin and Lapinova.