Now an Academy Award-winning major motion picture, starring Academy Award-winners Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander and directed by Academy Award-winner Tom Hooper. Uniting fact and fiction into an original romantic vision, The Danish Girl eloquently portrays the unique intimacy. Now an Academy Award-winning major motion picture, starring Academy Award-winners Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander and directed by Academy Award-winner Tom Hooper. When you're reading author's descriptions of Einar/Lili, you could see no one but Eddie. Despite the fact that this. Read "The Danish Girl" by David Ebershoff with Rakuten Kobo. Now an Academy Award-winning major motion picture, starring Academy Award-winners Eddie.

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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. Review. Though the title character of David Ebershoff's debut site Store; ›; site eBooks; ›; Literature & Fiction.

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.

Greta is a fascinating character. What motivates her, and how does she reconcile these motives with the pain it also causes her? Greta possesses an unusual combination of independence and fidelity. She is self-driven and fiercely individual, yet at the same time she holds a profound sense of dedication to her spouse. At the beginning of the novel she knows Einar at the most profound level.

Greta encourages Einar to live as Lili because she knows this is who she is—and truth is always enough of a reason for Greta. Except nothing is ever that simple. She needs Lili as much as Lili needs Lili. And I believe Greta is never fully honest with herself or Lili about how Lili affected her as an artist.

Greta could not have become the artist of her ambitions without Lili. Their motives and actions are snarled and inextricable. Why do you think the story of Lili Elbe was all but forgotten until recently?

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One could speculate forever why the story was nearly forgotten. Lili underwent her surgeries in the early s, a time of great anxiety in the world, especially the parts of Western Europe where she lived—Copenhagen, Paris, Dresden. The dark cloud of economic disaster, Fascism, and, eventually, Nazism was already rolling over the continent. It does not surprise me that this story was lost in the horrible events of the subsequent fifteen years. That is one reason. Even today, transgender men and women face bigotry, ignorance, and often violence.

It was a big story at the time, but when Lili Elbe died in , even the most sympathetic newspapers in Copenhagen reported on her as more of a one-of-a-kind than the beginning of a movement.

Few saw her as a pioneer of anything or representing anything more than herself. And yet her legacy refused to be drowned by the closing waters of history. Her courage was too immense to be forgotten. What inspired you about this story to make it the subject of your first novel? Marriage fascinates me: As I see it, the heart of this story lies in the intimate space that made up this marriage.

It was in that space, protected by love, where Lili could first express herself freely, could first know herself truthfully. I was very curious about a marriage that could welcome Lili into it. Ann Morgan. The Tailor's Girl. Fiona McIntosh.

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Ratings and Book Reviews 6 56 star ratings 6 reviews. Overall rating 4. Yes No Thanks for your feedback! Report as inappropriate. I loved this book it tells how this man is going through physical and emotional hell because he's living a lie, it's also a love story his wife loved him with the best love of all.

Unconditional love and nowadays that's rare. A remarkable story.Having already seen the movie I was hesitant to pick up the book. His book is based on the real-life story of Einar Wegener, a Danish artist who 70 years ago became the first man to be medically transformed into a woman--long before the much better-known case of Christine Jorgensen. site Edition Verified download. It starts with a question, a simple favor asked by a wife of her husband while both are painting in their studio, setting off a transformation neither can anticipate.

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His travel to become a woman and feel free, once and forever, made me feel sad, again. A Novel site Edition. This was so long ago that I did what a writer used to do before Google: 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.

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