Virginia Woolf, Tilda Swinton
‘He stretched himself. He rose. He stood upright in complete nakedness before us, and while the trumpets pealed ‘Truth! Truth! Truth!’ we have no choice left but confess – he was a woman.’
A young man in the court of the ageing Queen Elizabeth I, the beautiful Orlando seems to belong everywhere and nowhere. One morning, Orlando awakens transformed – transported into the eighteenth century, and the body of a woman.
One of the twentieth century’s defining imaginings of queer identity, Orlando is a book of radical possibilities -boy and girl, past and future, nature and magic, life and history, love and literature. One of the most thrilling love letters in all literature, it trespasses thrillingly over the borders of place, time and self.
Orlando is the book to put under your pillow and rest upon -- TILDA SWINTON Wonderfully bold and inventive * * Observer * * Sexy, provocative and tantalising -- JEANETTE WINTERSON A book that refuses all constraints: historical, fantastical, metaphysical, sociological . . . Orlando is a joyful and passionate declaration of love as life, regardless of gender . . . Reading Orlando is a pleasure. It is like sitting up all night by the fire with an old friend and a bottle of wine, where the talk is easy, whether of great things or small, and when, as morning comes, you feel better * * New Statesman * *