Vanessa and Virginia
Susan SellersTwo Ravens Press, 2008 - Biographical fiction - 181 pagesDevoted to each other, yet fiercely competitive, sisters Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf fight to realise their artistic vision amidst a chaos of desire, scandal, illness and war. It is only at the end of the novel that the real nature of their relationship becomes clear.
You see, even after all these years, I wonder if you really loved me. Vanessa and Virginia are sisters, best friends, bitter rivals, and artistic collaborators. As children, they fight for the attention of their overextended mother, their brilliant but difficult father, and their adored brother, Thoby. As young women, they support each other through a series of devastating deaths, then emerge in bohemian Bloomsbury, bent on creating new lives and groundbreaking works of art. Through everything—marriage, lovers, loss, madness, children, success and failure—the sisters remain the closest of co-conspirators. But they also betray each other.
In this lyrical, impressionistic account, written as a love letter and an elegy from Vanessa to Virginia, Sellers imagines her way into the heart of the lifelong relationship between the writer Virginia Woolf and the painter Vanessa Bell. With sensitivity and fidelity to what is known of both lives, Sellers has created a powerful portrait of sibling rivalry.
SUSAN SELLERS is a professor of English at St. Andrews University in Scotland and coeditor of the Cambridge University Press edition of Virginia Woolf's works. She is a past recipient of the Cannongate Prize for new writing and is the author of many short stories and nonfiction books. This is her first novel.
此小說有漢譯 【文尼莎與弗吉尼亞】Vanessa and Virginia南京大學出版社，2012
Vanessa Bell, 1879-1961: An Exhibition of Her Paintings, Drawings, Designs, Prints, and Book Jackets, September 20-October 28, 1984
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