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Book of the Week: ‘Orlando’ by Virginia Woolf

The Book of the Week: 'Orlando' Virginia Woolf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the book:‘Orlando’ is one of the most revolutionary books in the history of English literature. There is a certain level of complexity yet playfulness, in which the author depicts the issues of gender. It is the first English trans novel, innovative as well as gripping. Despite shifting and challenging gender standards, the book has also been called a love letter to Woolf’s best friend and lover Vita Sackville-West, who is supposed to be portrayed in the main character –Orlando. The plot and the ending leaves the readers hopeful for the promising future of women, which is very much needed now as it was in the 19th century.

About the author: Virginia Woolf was an English writer, considered to be one of the most important figures in feminist and modernist literature. She wrote a number of novels as well as non-fiction essays, touching on crucial issues regarding women and gender equality. Virginia suffered from severe depression and took her own life in 1941, at the age of 59.