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  • ISBN 0380003597
  • ISBN13 978-0380003594
  • Language English
  • Author V. Sackville-West
  • Publisher Avon Books (November 1, 1983)
  • Formats mbr doc lit azw
  • Category Fiction
  • Subcategory Contemporary
  • Size ePub 1374 kb
  • Size Fb2 1314 kb
  • Rating: 4.8
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Victoria Mary Sackville-West, Lady Nicolson, CH (9 March 1892 – 2 June 1962), usually known as Vita Sackville-West, was an English poet, novelist, and garden designer. She was a successful novelist, poet, and journalist, as well as a prolific letter writer and diarist. She published more than a dozen collections of poetry during her lifetime and 13 novels.

by. Sackville-West, V. (Victoria), 1892-1962. New York : George H. Doran.

Challenge was Vita Sackville-West's second novel. It was ready to go to print in 1920, but the author suddenly changed her mind for fear of the scandal it would cause. Vita's love affair with Violet Trefusis had reached its peak and they decided to abandon everything - children and husbands included - to elope to France. They returned to their families eventually, but Challenge remains a testament to their love. All of her writings reflect the same unhurried approach, deep reflection, and brilliantly polished style.

You can read the standard Sackville-West biography by Victoria Glendinning, VITA: THE LIFE OF V. SACKVILLE-WEST

CHALLENGE was written in 1920, but at the last moment it was withdrawn from publication because of the scandal it would have caused. It was inspired by Vita's relationship with Violet Trefusis. Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962) was born and educated at Knole. You can read the standard Sackville-West biography by Victoria Glendinning, VITA: THE LIFE OF V. SACKVILLE-WEST.

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Книга: V. Sackville-West Challenge (Classic Reprint). Excerpt from Challenge A man and a woman leaned idly over the balustrade watching the steady stream of guests that mounted the magnificent staircase

Книга: V. Excerpt from Challenge A man and a woman leaned idly over the balustrade watching the steady stream of guests that mounted the magnificent staircase

Sackville-West was the author of 13 novels, including Challenge (1923), The .

Sackville-West was the author of 13 novels, including Challenge (1923), The Edwardians (1930), All Passion Spent (1931), Grand Canyon: A Novel (1942), and The Easter Party (1953), and several short story collections, including The Heir: A Love Story (1922) and Thirty Clocks Strike the Hour (1932). She also wrote the biographies Saint Joan of Arc (1936), Pepita (1937), and The Eagle and the Dove: A Study in Contrasts, St. Teresa of Avila and St. Thérèse of Lisieux (1943). Sackville-West was awarded the Hawthornden Prize twice: in 1926 for The Land and in 1933 for her Collected Poems. Her papers are held in the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University.

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"'Rebellion' will be acclaimed as a work of genius..." wrote Vita Sackville-West's lover Violet Keppel Trefusis, as their affair began descending from its zenith. Vita had expressed doubts concerning the novel's merits, though came to declare it one she was very happy with when her mother argued against her publishing it. She did publish CHALLENGE, the title she settled on, in the U.S. in 1923, but it saw print in England only in the early 1970s, after the deaths of Vita and husband Harold and Violet. In its day, people around Vita judged CHALLENGE scandalous because it mirrored the fairly public love affair of the two highborn women that raged from April 1918 through the fall of 1921. A roman à clef, the novel's main protagonists are Vita in her alter ego guise of Julian and Violet as the object of his/her love, the alluring, manipulative, and selfish Eve.

You can read and enjoy CHALLENGE on its own merits: a fiery story of revolution, a love grown out of childhood (as had Vita and Violet's), and some superior descriptive prose founded on an extraordinary command of English. However, the pleasure increases immensely if you know the details of the women's love for each other. Then you will recognize in Julian and Eve some of what the women valued in each other. You can read the standard Sackville-West biography by Victoria Glendinning, VITA: THE LIFE OF V. SACKVILLE-WEST. Or you'll find Professor Mitchell A. Leaska's introduction to VIOLET TO VITA thorough, compact, and insightful, as well as the perspective brought by Nigel Nicolson to his mother Vita's account of the affair and her marriage to Harold in PORTRAIT OF A MARRIAGE.

Early in the book, Julian describes Eve as "...spoilt, exquisite, witty, mettlesome, elusive, tantalizing; detached from such practical considerations as punctuality, convenience, reliability. A creature that, from the age of three, had exacted homage and protection..." He perfectly encapsulates many of Violet's qualities.

Julian is a strong male, a man in control, the man Vita envisioned she might have been had she been born a boy. She famously commented that her biggest regret was not being born male. The fictional character Julian arises from the role she played with Violet; that is dressed in male clothing, sometimes as a soldier, occasionally as a wounded one, just as described in CHALLENGE: "'Julian was grazed on the temple...We tied up his head, and it will be nothing of a scratch.'"

Toward the middle of CHALLENGE, Eve sums up what Vita and Violet both believed of themselves: "You and I both have in us the making of fanatics. We never have led, and never should lead, the tame life of the herd."

Vita wrote CHALLENGE; however, Violet played an active part in shaping it. Vita wrote during the day. In the evening, she read what she had written to Violet, who commented and suggested changes. Consequently, Violet was quite invested in the novel. When Vita told Violet she had doubts about the book and thought she might not publish it, Violet wrote, "You can't seriously mean what you said about not publishing our book. That would be too idiotic. You've no idea how good 'Rebellion' is. I suppose I might say it is superlatively interesting as it is about us, but it is for all that." She went on to comment, "What do you think is wrong with 'Rebellion'? It is original in plot, brilliant in style, psychologically it couldn't be more accurate. What more can you have?"

After Violet wrote these words came the big blowup at Amiens, followed by the long, slow, and agonizing end of their affair.

As to whether Violet was right about the merits of CHALLENGE, you can be the judge. But if for no other reason, read the novel for incomparable insight into two of the 20th Century's most fascinating women.
This novel is introduced by Nigel Nicolson, Vita Sackville-West's son. 'It is a love story, written in the presence of the beloved, inspired by her, corrected by her with words and whole sentences written into the manuscript. Eve is a portrait of Violet (Trefusis) as exact as Vita could make it, having her model always at her side...There is no triviality nor squalor in the love of Eve and Julian, as there was none in the love of Vita and Violet. A fierce flame rose between them, as likely to consume both of them as other people who got in the way.'

The story is not particularly arresting - it's about a Byronesque hero trying to save some Greek islands - but if you read it as a contemporary record of the love affair between Vita and Violet it comes to life (especially in the Eve and Aphros chapters). Quotes from this book have become assimilated into the biographical language about Violet and Vita. My favourite quote is this from Violet as Eve (it's absolutely what she felt):

'I loathe my life of petty adventures; I undertake them only in order to forget the ideal which until now has been denied me. I have crushed down the vision of life with you, but always it has remained at the back of my mind, so wide, so open, a life so free and so full of music and beauty, Julian. I would work - for you. I would create - for you. I don't want to marry you, Julian. I value my freedom above all things. Bondage is not for you or me. But I'll come with you anywhere - to Aphros if you like.'

The quote is usually published without the reference to the Aphros islands and without the post script which runs thus;

'Privately she thought, -

If you knew how little I cared for the islands !'

Vita and Violet thought this was a great novel because it was about them, it would put into the public domain their love for each other and they would run away together, write more best-sellers and be independent and free of the conditional trust funds that were controlled by their mothers. The original title was 'Rebellion' and it would have been published around 1920. In the end Vita was persuaded not to publish as the threat of public scandal and the women's families 'crushed down' the love affair. The book was only published in the UK in 1974. If you read it like it was 1920 and as if you had the heard the rumours of the time about Vita and Violet, you might enjoy it as much as I did, well, particularly the parts which focus on Eve and Julian together.

The book was published in the USA in 1924 (so Vita didn't give up). The dedication written for the now estranged Violet is in a secret Romany style language that Vita and Violet shared. Translated it reads : 'This book is yours, my witch. Read it and you will find your tormented soul, changed and free'. The dedication really belongs to both of them; they would never be so free again. For all this unembarrassed romanticism and real star-crossed love that happened nearly 90 years ago, the book gets 4 stars from me.
Started out promising, but disintegrated into the unbelievable. Author was only 26 and wildly romantic. Supposedly she herself suppressed this book's publication in England because the two lovers - Julian and Eve - were really herself and a childhood friend, Violet Keppel, whom she ran away with. She writes well, but characters just aren't full enough.