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PDF - The Danish Girl. Though the title character of David Ebershoff's debut novel is a transsexual, the book is less concerned with transgender issues than the. Editorial Reviews. osakeya.info Review. Though the title character of David Ebershoff's debut novel is a transsexual, the book is less concerned with. The Danish Girl Book Review It's been eon since the last time I posted about book review, although not small number of books I read during the absence.
Lili thought of, and talked about, Einar as someone else, often describing him as her brother or a family member. I had to navigate this in order to tell the story with both authenticity and depth.
How did you research the facts that are left to us? In some ways writing a novel, especially a novel set in the past and about characters who once lived, is about amassing enough details and arranging them properly in order to offer the reader a verisimilitude that satisfies his or her curiosity about the story at hand. In , after being betrayed by someone close to her, Lili Elbe set out to describe her life to the public, cooperating on a series of stories in Politiken.
These stories told the world about her transition, describing her emotional journey as well as the doctors in Dresden who evaluated her and performed her surgeries. Shortly after Lili Elbe died in , her friend, Niels Hoyer, edited and shaped her diaries and correspondence and published them in a book under the title Fra Mand til Kvinde Man into Woman. She was keen to tell her story, but she was also conscious of creating a sort of myth about herself.
They are crucial sources, but they are not entirely factual, which, as a fiction writer, I found freeing. After all, this is a story about artists who lived with an ethos of creating and envisioning and forming their own reality. How much of The Danish Girl is based on fact? Why did you choose at times to stray from the facts—especially with regard to Greta, whose name in real life is Gerda? These events are based on the sources I describe above. But much of my novel is invented.
Without a doubt, Lili is a pioneer of the transgender movement; from our perspective today we can look back and understand her place in history and see her story as one of tremendous courage and self-acceptance.
She deserves to be remembered and celebrated as one of the first recipients of sex reassignment surgery, placing her at the forefront of a powerful and unfinished movement seeking civil rights and human dignity. But even in my early days of working on the book, I realized that our perspective from the future was not the same as her perspective at the time. I was more interested in how she thought of herself and her life as she lived it than how history thinks of her now.
I understand the impulse to lionize her and define her story as one of undiluted triumph; but her story is more complex than that, and I have too much respect for her to reduce her life into simple terms. But writers learn from the masters. One lesson I took from Shakespeare that autumn day inside the cold yellow-gray stone walls of Kronborg Castle was that writers throughout history have simultaneously turned to and away from facts to reach the emotional core of a story. Those blank canvases in history are where I am drawn as a fiction writer.
First, love. We articulate and express many of our emotions through our relationships, and I came to believe that the key to understanding Lili was through Gerda—that the space between them, the private cave of their marriage, as I describe it in the novel, was where I wanted to take the reader.
To write a love story, the story of a marriage, would require imagination and speculation—creating some of the details of how they lived, how they worked, how they fought, how they loved and cared for one another, turned to and away from one another.
I decided to invent a character, Greta, who is both like the historical figure, Gerda, and not like her. Greta is inspired by the real Gerda, but many of the details of her life in the book are invented by me.
I changed her name and her nationality Gerda was Danish as a way of saying this character conveys the emotional truth of the story while straying from some of the facts. If you read The Danish Girl, you might not learn everything there is to know about the actual Gerda, and yet I believe you will have a truthful portrait of who, at her essence, she really was.
An artist sees that which does not yet exist. Einar could concentrate only on the silk dressing his skin, as if it were a bandage. Yes, that was how it felt the first time: Even the embarrassment of standing before his wife began to no longer matter, for she was busy painting with a foreign intensity in her face.
Einar was beginning to enter a shadowy world of dreams where Anna's dress could belong to anyone, even to him. Greta soon recognizes her husband's affinity for feminine attire, and encourages him not only to dress like a woman, but to take on a woman's persona, as well. What starts out as a harmless game soon evolves into something deeper, and potentially threatening to their marriage.
Yet Greta's love proves to be enduring if not immutable. I'm sure many people were, but the percentage of people is awfully high. This book isn't particularly well-written or well-researched and another author might do a better job with the story, even as fiction.
I'll have to see the movie now to see how true it manages to be to this so very rich novel's character's internal thoughts and inner journeys, sometimes separately, and sometimes together. Poignant barely manages to describe the depth of emotions this story, loosely based upon the life and related experiences of the first transgender surgical patient, her wife, and their family and friends during the period between WWI and the Great Depression.
While I knew the bones of this historic surgery, that left enormous gaps in the lives which drove the patient to risk so much pain and death to have her body be matched to her authentic inner self We cannot KNOW all the inner lives of the cast during this time, but this story feels very true to a handful of quite dramatic times and lives.
We can learn from and share from this haunting and beautiful telling of the story the depths of sorrow and the heights of ambition that fill the lives of those with gender identity disorder or the intersexed among us. It succeeds brilliantly in that regard, beyond being simply a spectacular novel. No novel that I have read in the last few decades has moved me as greatly as has The Danish Girl.
I will be strongly recommending it to all my friends. One person found this helpful.
Paperback Verified download. The writer pulls you in from the very first paragraph. For those of the same experience as Lili it screams with sympathetic vibrations. Even for those outside this community this story will be compelling, enlightening, and should rip the heart in sympathy from any reader. The Powers that be in control of the Veterans Administration quickly comes to mind.
They provide breast implants to XX chromosome Veterans who have had a mastectomy or massive weight loss Transgender Veterans, the same gift is denied This book could generate a great deal of understanding, leading to policy change. See all reviews.
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