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The author of the book: Virginia Woolf
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Edition: Oğlak Yayıncılık
Date of issue: 1996
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These diary entries brim over with life, with hunger, with a passion that cannot be contained, with the conflicted need to absorb it all; the lonely walks in the Sussex countryside, the visual and sonorous chaos of life in the city, of incessant travel, mental and otherwise, the unstoppable flow of time, the transience of things, the galloping rhythm of emotions, sensations and the simultaneity of memory, past and present in one’s conscience, the tedium of discussions and routine, the truth about daily life without embellishment.
Virginia sat at her desk and wanted to condense it all into poetry and leave out whatever that was superfluous. She never rested. She pushed herself to the limit, squeezed out her mind and existed fully only when she was writing. Writing as a means of being. She became inebriated by the exuberance of words and was carried away by the enthusiasm of getting closer to the voice that would finally give a physical shape to her dispersed, hyperactive senses. Working soothed and provided purpose to an otherwise futile reality, it gave her a reason to be.
But when the last page was done, revised, rewritten and typed out, almost manically, the vertigo of impending emptiness oppressed her, and incessant self-doubt erased all sense of wholeness or achievement.
The vain, arrogant, scathing writer became a vulnerable woman, conflicted about her own expectations and with an almost obsessive need for validation.
The constant search for meaning made her restless, abstracted and prone to introspection. She devoured books compulsively, classics and contemporary literature, and had no trouble scoffing the likes of Joyce, Hardy or Bernard Shaw, but she wasn’t harsher with any other author than she was with herself. She kept track of her book sales, she was easily humiliated by negative reviews and dreaded the reactions of her close friends in the Bloomsbury group.
The vulnerability shown in these diaries bespeaks of a woman aware of her writing prowess but also mindful of her limitations, something one might not expect to see in the diaries of her male contemporaries.
As years pass and the entries get closer to the onset of WWII, the collapse of Woolf’s world seems to match her increasing mental frailty. The constant fear of imminent bombings during the Blitz overpowers her creativity. Her writing becomes rushed and it loses the quality of a safe haven. Woolf’s hunger to seize meaning through writing wanes and a lulling indifference takes hold of her former urgency.
Where to draw the line between the woman and the writer? Between imposed circumstance and deliberate choice? Maybe one wouldn’t exist without the other.
Some might think Leonard Woolf’s selection of diary entries show a fragmented account of Virginia’s intimate thoughts, but for this reader, they are more than a censured portrait of an artist. They present a fair testimony to the great joys and uncertainties of being a writer, of surrendering to an unknown vision and committing one’s life to seize it without compromising the fleeting quality of its beauty.
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Read information about the author(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 essay A Room of One's Own (1929) with its famous dictum, "a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction."
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