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Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper (book recommendation/preporuka knjiga)

Today just one quick reading recommendation. The Yellow Wallpaper is a short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. It was published in 1899 (as you can see on these photographs). Here is a link to a pdf version of this text. The author's right are expired, so feel free to pass it around- it is one of advantages of reading classics:). I do consider this short story to be a classic. It tells a story of a woman who is recovering from post natal depression and is confined to her room. It is considered to one of the earliest works of American feminist literature. In its time it was a very important and ground breaking work because it shed more light on mistreatment of depression in woman (and in many ways it is still relevant), but I think that even if we put all of that aside, it is still a  great story. Even without its important historical context, the story is strong enough to stand on its own. In reality, it is a well written and touching short story. Moreover, I would say that this 6,000 words short story is a small masterpiece. 

Danas samo jedna brza preporuka za čitanje. Žute tapete su kratka priča Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Objavljena je 1899. (kao što možete vidjeti na ovim fotografijama). Ovdje je poveznica za stranicu na kojoj možete skinuti pdf verziju koja je pogodna za ispis. Autorska prava su istekla, tako da je slobodno možete dijeliti okolo- to je jedna od prednosti čitanja klasika:). Smatram da je ova kratka priča pravi klasik. Priča o ženi koja se oporavlja od postnatalne depresije i zatvorena je u svoju sobu. Smatra se jednim od najranijih feminističkih djela u američkoj književnosti. Za svoje vrijeme bilo je to vrlo važno i revolucionarno djelo jer je prikazalo krivi tretman depresije u ženskoj populaciji (na puno načina je ovo djelo još uvijek bitno), no mislim da čak i ako stavimo sve to po strani, to je još uvijek sjajna priča. Čak i bez svoga važnoga povijesnoga konteksta, priča je toliko jaka da je vrijedna i sama po sebi. Zapravo rekla bi da je ova priča od 6 000 riječi pravo malo remek djelo.












The story is written as a series of diary entries and it conveys perfectly the feeling of isolation (both psychological and physical) that its protagonist experiences. Because of its theme, it is not the easiest thing to read about, but I think this subject is an important one to read about- and it is still so relevant. The mistreatment of psychological problems is always an important subject. Mental illness are something we shouldn't feel ashamed to talk about. The unnamed female protagonist in this story is separated from her child and confined to her room. All her prepositions for getting better (such as being reunited with her child, reading and spending time with other people) are ignored. The husband of a woman in the story is a physician, but unfortunately his 'treatment' of his wife isn't effective. It is a story of a women who going crazy, but as the author herself said, she wrote it to stop women from being driven crazy.

Priča je napisana kao niz dnevničkih zapisa i savršeno prenosi osjećaj izoliranosti (psihološke i fizičke) kroz koju prolazi glavni lik. Zbog svoje teme i nije najlakše štivo za čitanje, ali mislim da je ova tema jako važna za čitanje i još uvijek iznimno relevatna. Loš tretmant psiholoških problema je uvijek važna tema. Mentalne bolesti su nešto o čemu se ne bismo trebali sramiti razgovorati. Glavni lik ove priče je neimenovana žena koja je odvojena od svoga djeteta. Svi njezini prijedlozi za ozdravljenjem  (kao to da provodi vrijeme sa svojim djetetom, čitanje ili druženje s ljudima) su odbačeni. Muž žene u ovoj priči je liječnik, ali nažalost njegovo liječenje njegove žene nije učinkovito. To je priča o ženi koja gubi razum, ali kao što je autorica rekla, napisala ju je kako bi spriječila da žene budu dovedene do ludila.








The story is actually written on Charlotte's personal experience, because she had undergone treatment for depression, she wanted to point out to her doctor what he was doing wrong. In a way, she accused him of bad treatment of women, but he was stubborn and continued curing post natal depression in his way. Charlotte Perkins Gilman sent him the copy of her story, but he never answered her. Dr. S. Weir Mitchell went on to trying to create hospitals that would treat women by isolating them- which in most cases makes the symptoms of depression worse. This doctor might not have had bad intentions, but he made tragic mistakes. Post natal depression is something that is unfortunately something of a taboo, which makes this story all the more relevant. In any case, The Yellow Wallpaper has my recommendation, both as a work of literature and a historical testament of its time.

Ova priča je zapravo temeljena na osobnom iskustvu Charlotte koja se i sama liječila od depresije i stoga  je željela istaknuti svome doktoru u čemu je griješio. Na neki način ga je optužila za loš tretman žena, ali on je bio tvrdoglav i nastavio je liječiti postnatalnu depresiju na svoj način. Charlotte Perkins Gilman mu je poslala kopiju svoje priče, ali on joj nikad nije odgovorio. Dr. S. Weir Mitchell je nastavio stvarati bolnice koje će liječiti žene tako što će ih izolirati- što u većini slučajeva pogoršava simptome depresije.  Ovaj doktor možda i nije imao loše namjere, ali radio je tragične pogrješke. Postnatalna depresije je nešto što je nažalost još uvijek tabu, što čini ovu priču još više značajnom. U svakom slučaju ova priča ima moju preporuku, i kao književno djelo i kao  svjedočanstvo svoga vremena. 

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  1. Divna preporuka. Zaintersovala si me da je pročitam. :)

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  2. It's amazing to think how the perception and treatment of post natal depression has changed over the years, bringing more awareness to it can only be a good thing - though with this in mind, it was very brave of Charlotte to speak out about her personal journey (and the doctor's treatment) so early on in history. I can imagine how it must have divided opinions in 1899! Thanks for the interesting and thought provoking review Ivana :)

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    1. yes, fortunately today the situation is much better, at least in some countries.

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  3. Molto interessante la tua review, grazie Ivana!
    Kisses, Paola.
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  4. It sounds like a heavy read, but you're right, an important subject to approach.

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  5. interessante la tua review
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  6. Non avevo mai sentito parlare di questo libro, sembra molto interessante anche se la storia è abbastanza pesante...
    Baci!
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  7. Excellent post (as always)!Thank you very much :)

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  8. Sounds interesting. I've never read it. Thanks for the suggestion.

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  9. The lace on that book page is strangely poetic! I like!! <3 - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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  10. Thanks a lot :D

    sounds super interesting and useful as usual. I always love your posts!

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  11. Looks really interesting, will have to check it out. Hope you have a great day doll x

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  12. This is really amazing, dear Ivana, I had no idea that there was a work about post-natal depression back in the 19th century, and written by a woman who had it and tried to help others by sharing her experiences. So good that she did it and that you are doing it too, by sharing her book, because yes, you are right, this is still a taboo topic, unfortunately. But there is no shame in that; it's an illness, like catching a cold, let's say (obviously not), and are we ashamed of catching a cold? Such a great post, dear Ivana! I hope you have a very nice week!
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    1. yes, there is no shame in it! It can happen to anyone.

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  13. Her story sounds compelling Ivana! I always enjoy reading about women's issues. Love that this is in diary form. Thanks for sharing.
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    1. thank you Kim, diary form really gives it special strength.

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  14. Wow! This is really interesting!
    Thanks for the recommendation!
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  15. If you recommend it, it must be worth it! Baci, Valeria - Coco et La vie en rose FASHION & BEAUTY

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  16. Dear Ivana, many thanks for the recommentation! I love to read femenest literature - especially from this early stage. I really understand you like to read it and even the theme is very interesting.
    Hopefully you had a good week so far.
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
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  17. Seems like an interesting book. Post natal depression should be taken seriously!

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  18. ;)

    Adorei a recomendação!

    Ótima terça!

    Beijo! ^^

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  19. Thanks for the interesting post)

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  20. This would be a very heavy read but a good one. Depression is a tough one and I'm glad that we have come far in treatments. I can't imagine suffering depression back in the days, the treatments were awful and made matters worse.

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    1. yes, it must have been terrible to suffer from it back in the day...I can't even imagine how isolated those women must have felt.

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  21. Wonderful and perfect! I follow you blog, please follow me too. http://alamodenatine.blogspot.com

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  22. Amazing! I like it a lot.

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  23. Interesting post

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  24. Very interesting. I have to read it.

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  25. What a moving story about post-natal depression, and I often think it's a good thing to read older stories to see how it relates or how it would be perceived today. Although I don't know much about depression, I do know someone who has suffered from it. Thanks for sharing about Charlotte. I am always drawn to feminist literary works.
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    1. I'm not an expert on depression either, but this story helped me to understand it better.

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  26. È una storia commovente che fa riflettere
    Un bacio

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  27. It sounds like a very heavy read. Depression was and still is one of the worst ones. We have come far in treatments but I think we are still at the beginning. Thx for sharing, Ivana.
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  28. It's true psychological abuse is very serious, never this book!
    Xoxo
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  29. Ótima postagem, obrigado pela visita.
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  30. Thanks a lot my sweet friend :D
    Absolutelly <3

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  32. Mogu misliti kako li je bilo baviti se tom tematikom u to doba kada i danas većina svrstava taj problem kao tabu ili još gore, ima izgrađeno negativno mišljenje zasnovano na vlastitim predrasudama. Preporuka je baš interesantna i originalna. Ko zna, možda nekome zaista i pomogne ;)

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    1. hvala Tijana, da nažalost i danas ima svakavih idiota, sjećam se da je Tom Cruz govorio da žene to samo umišljaju i da treba samo piti vitamine ili neke takve nebuloze, a to je nažalost službeno mišljenje njegove sekte koje propagiraju gdje stignu.

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  33. Great post dear!

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  34. Zaista originalna tematika i nazalost cesto prisutna u stvarnom zivotu. Hvala za preporuku, ne sumnjam da je sjajno knjizevno delo u pitanju

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  35. Sounds like an interesting book! :)
    LA VEINE

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  36. Zaista zanimljiva preporuka, pogotovo jer je u pitanju jedna ovako važna tema kojoj se i dalje ne daje dovoljno važnosti, a izrazito je bitna.

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    1. da, zaista je jako bitna tema...depresija općenito je nešto što se skoro uvijek otkrije kada je bolest već uznadopredovala i onda je puno teže pomoći toj osobi.

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  37. Hello, dearest Ivana!
    This sounds like a very advanced, courageous work for the time!
    Thanks a lot for introducing us to this book - and thank you for linking the Nefertiti-Post to ANL!
    Lots of hugs, Traude
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  38. A very interesting recommendation. I'll check it out soon!
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  39. Amazing post, dear! Looks wonderful :)

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  40. Hi Ivana! This short story sounds really interesting, I haven't had idea about this book before. What's more, Charlotte had to be very brave to write down her feelings and emotions conected with her post natal depression. One more thing is that despite almost 2 centuries, the subject of book is still important and it's still something like taboo. Thank you for sharing that pdf, I'll read it for a sure! Have a lovely day, Ivana! :)

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    1. yes, it was a very brave thing to do- especially in that time and age.

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  41. Just to say hello, dear Ivana, I hope you are fine and painting, drawing, going to nice places! Enjoy a very nice weekend, dear Ivana!
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    1. hi dear, I'm fine- I just can't find time to post anything.

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  42. Nice review. I really like the topics covered in this book. I am really interested in psychological phenomena <3 thanks for sharing.

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  43. It must have been such a hard decision to write such a diary at that time. Thank you for the post!
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  44. Wow a very good recommendation, you explain it with great detail
    Have a lovely weekend sweetie! xxx
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  45. Interesting to read your recommendation.

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  46. nice post!
    happy weekend
    kisses
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  47. Ivana, you caught my attention with the crochet cause I used to spend a lot of time doing that! xoxo

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    1. I didn't know you used to do it, that's amazing:)

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  48. Great rewiev, thank you for the recommandation!

    xoxo Nadine

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  50. Oonh, this will be worth a read at some point! Interesting subject choice too!

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