The Danish Girl

The Danish Girl

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The Danish Girl is now a major motion picture starring Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander, directed by Tom Hooper. Loosely inspired by a true story, this tender portrait of marriage asks: What do you do when the person you love has to change? It starts with a question, a simple favour asked by a wife of her husband while both are painting in their studio, setting off a transformation neither can anticipate. Uniting fact and fiction into an original romantic vision, The Danish Girl eloquently portrays the unique intimacy that defines every marriage and the remarkable story of Lili Elbe, a pioneer in transgender history, and the woman torn between loyalty to her marriage and her own ambitions and desires. The Danish Girl is an evocative and deeply moving novel about one of the most passionate and unusual love stories of the 20th more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 129 x 199 x 22mm | 224g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 0753810794
  • 9780753810798
  • 13,874

About David Ebershoff

David Ebershoff is the author of The Rose City, Pasadena, The 19th Wife and The Danish Girl, which has been made into a film starring Academy Award-winner Eddie Redmayne and directed by the Academy Award-winning director of The King's Speech, Tom Hooper. His books have been translated into twenty languages and honoured by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Lambda Literary Foundation and the American Library Association. He has taught writing at Princeton, NYU and Columbia, and is currently Vice President and Executive Editor at Random more

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This is a curiously touching tale, told in a lucid and sensitive style SUNDAY TELEGRAPH An enthralling read THE TIMES A beautifully written novel ... elegant, assured and intelligent DAILY EXPRESS The intelligence and tactfulness of his exploration of [love] makes his novel a noteworthy event NEW YORK TIMES A first novel of startling refinement and beauty Chicago Tribune Heartbreaking and unforgettable, it is a complete triumph Boston Globe Beautifully written. It is absolutely engrossing ... [an] elegant, assured and intelligent tale; as a first noivel, it is astounding SUNDAY EXPRESS Intriguing and captivating ... a resonant fable about metamorphosis and the construction of identity. This admirable book deserves to find a wide readership DAILY TELEGRAPH Be enchanted by THE DANISH GIRL ... elegant and sensitive writing ELLE [An] affecting and graceful debut NEW STATESMAN The book is a sensuous treat, its symbolic visual imagery combining with mesmeric recreations of period and place ... Einar and his wife are treated with sympathy, and a potentially sensational or bizarre subject is treated with dignity ART NEWSPAPER This is a curiously touching take, told in lucid and sensitive style that shows great insight into an extraordinary predicament ... an engrossing story of true love, suffering and sacrifice SUNDAY TELEGRAPHshow more

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13,148 ratings
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4 42% (5,506)
3 29% (3,762)
2 7% (880)
1 2% (223)
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