Written on the Body is a love story. And it is, like all Winterson novels, a philosophical meditation, this time on the body: the body as physical phenomenon - blood and bones and organs - and the body as repository of our emotions and souls. The object is a married woman named Louise, and the narrator of the story is her lover, gender undeclared. At once ambiguous and riveting, the narrator's consciousness powers the reader beyond the need to identify its sex, and directly into love itself. The affair intensifies beyond anything either lover has ever known or hoped for, and Written on the Body is a visceral, hypnotic dissection of their passion and longing. What these two find in the end, staring love and death in the face, is an extraordinary knowledge of the human heart, and a world of infinite possibility.
Original title: Written on the Body
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary Fiction/classics