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On Being Ill - Virginia Woolf et al. (English edition)

On Being Ill - Virginia Woolf et al. (English edition)

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Virginia Woolf, Deryn Rees-Jones, Lieke Marsman, Lucia Osborne-Crowley, Nadia de Vries, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, Jameisha Prescod, Mieke van Zonneveld, Sinéad Gleeson and Audre Lorde

paperback with flaps

translations by Sophie Collins



172 pp.

ISBN 9789083131658

The subtle complexities of Virginia Woolf’s essay ‘On Being Ill’ will no doubt continue to be resonant for a new generation of readers today.
Certainly for both Woolf and Plath, the politics of illness are never far away.
“Illness,” Woolf writes, “makes us disinclined for the long campaigns that prose extracts.”
On Being Ill is a valuable book for everybody who wants to connect with illness through art and literature, and look at it from a different perspective. With the poignant contributions of excellent contemporary writers, and the introduction to Audre Lorde’s cancer journals, which ends this anthology, this book does both.
Woolf asks herself in her essay if illness should not receive more attention in literature, taking its place alongside the recurring themes of “love, battle and jealousy”.
This book, On Being Ill, does exactly that.