A troubled voice
Through the voice of her alter ego Esther, Sylvia Plath shares her dramatic experience with depression and attempted suicide, in a nicely symbolic prose and a style which seemed dictated by whispers.
The search for her own identity, lived almost in a claustrophobic way, destroys the life of the brilliant student Esther, who struggles between the choice of a bourgeois existence and the desire to be simply herself. She will eventually create a meaningless world where she is unable to live.
An icon of the feminist movement, The bell jar is a story of suffering and redemption, an inside scream which touches the heart of each reader.
Translation by Barbara Pellegrini (edited by Sara Di Girolamo)