It's a quote- here's a fuller version:
Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end. (From the Common Reader)
Virginia Woolf wrote a number of books- fiction is used to maean the body of her writing that was fiction- she also wrote non-fiction like 'A Room of One's Own'.
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