Michèle Roberts: The Visitation. (1989 words)

Michèle Roberts’ second novel offers a more tentative vision of a woman’s life than the novels which precede and succeed it. In many ways The Visitation may be read as a transitional text in Roberts’ oeuvre, problematizing the conclusions reached in her first novel, A Piece of the Night [see entry], and introducing issues raised more explicitly in her later work. This novel follows a central protagonist, Helen Home, in her search for a balance between her relationships with men, her intimate friendships with women, and her desire to be a writer. The novel begins in the womb, where Helen and her twin brother, Felix, are represented as Eve a…

White, Rosemary. "The Visitation. ". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 January 2004
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