Monday, January 07, 2013

War and suicide …

… The “scale of appraisal”: Woolf, Tsvetaeva, and Inspector Javert | The Book Haven.

Although my memory of Victor Hugo‘s book has faded over the years, I don’t recall any representation that has linked Javert’s suicide with these useless and unnecessary deaths, in addition to the inspector’s confusion at Jean Valjean’s unexpected act of mercy. But the connection with warfare is an obvious one – someone should have thought of it – and it brought me back to my post of a few days ago, discussing Virginia Woolf‘s last letter, before her own suicide. I had never connected her death with the German bombing of Britain, but her husband had.

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