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Get this from a library! The danish girl. [David Ebershoff] -- A stunning first novel that probes the mysteries of sex, gender, and love with insight and subtlety. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Academy Award-winner Eddie Redmayne and directed by Academy Award-winner Tom Hooper A New York Times. Editorial Reviews. myavr.info Review. Though the title character of David Ebershoff's debut Kindle Store; ›; Kindle eBooks; ›; Literature & Fiction.
So a fundamental question for me was how to depict the past for a character who was very clear about making a break from her past. Whose childhood is remembered, which memories, both physical and emotional, belonged to whom? 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.
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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. He or she imagines a future others cannot perceive. The artist—and the writer—reshapes reality so that it becomes even more vivid and lasting. The story of Lili Elbe is a story of art, of creating, of imagining that which is yet to be. Einar and Gerda were artists—they experienced the world, and themselves, through their art.
She claimed she knew nothing about painting and looked at pots of oil paint and empty canvases with no impulse to create. She said painting belonged to Einar.
But I disagree. Lili was an artist—her greatest creation was herself. She imagined a future life and did everything she could to create it. The Danish Girl emerged as much from these paintings as from anything else. The world first met Lili through those paintings.
Through those paintings I first came to understand her. The Danish Girl is not a biography of Lili Elbe, and yet I hope, through imagination and interpretation, it shows the colors and contours and shadows of her soul. I should add that since I first published The Danish Girl in , some scholars and writers have done important and much-needed work expanding our knowledge of Lili and Gerda, especially Sabine Meyer, Pamela Caughie, and Nikolaj Pors, who is writing what will be the definitive biography of Lili Elbe.
Formatting may be different depending on your device and eBook type. Starring Academy Award-winner Eddie Redmayne and directed by Academy Award-winner Tom Hooper, this major motion picture portrays an unforgettable celebration of love.
It starts with a question, a simple favour asked by a wife of her husband, setting off a transformation neither can anticipate. Einar Wegener and his American wife Greta Waud have been married for six years, but are yet to have a child.
Both painters, they live a life of bohemian languor in Copenhagen until one day their lives are irreversibly altered. The Danish Girl eloquently shows the intimacy that defines a marriage and the nearly forgotten story of the love between a man who discovers that he is, in fact, a woman, and his wife who would sacrifice anything for him.
Set against the glitz and decadence of s Copenhagen, Paris and Dresden, and inspired by a true story, The Danish Girl is about one of the most passionate and unusual marriages of the twentieth century.
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English Choose a language for shopping. I read a number of reviews before I bought the book, and they were all glowing in their praise so obviously there are a lot of readers out there who will love this story. How much of The Danish Girl is based on fact? The story was groundbreaking at the time - in the attitudes that needed to be turned around and in medical history.
It made me feel cheated. Inside the O'Briens. Except nothing is ever that simple. He or she imagines a future others cannot perceive.
What is love?