With The Blazing World, internationally bestselling author Siri Hustvedt returns to the New York art world in her most masterful and urgent novel since What I Loved. Hustvedt, who has long been celebrated for her “beguiling, lyrical prose” (The Sunday Times Books, London), tells the provocative story of the artist Harriet Burden. After years of watching her work ignored or dismissed by critics, Burden conducts an experiment she calls Maskings: She presents her own art behind three male masks, concealing her female identity.
"Pure joy to read and interesting ideas"
As well as being a prize-winning, best-selling novelist, Siri Hustvedt is widely regarded as a leading thinker in the fields of neurology, feminism, art criticism and philosophy. She believes passionately that art and science are too often kept separate and that conversations across disciplines are vital to increasing our knowledge of the human mind and body, how they connect and how we think, feel and see.
Iris Vegan, a graduate student living alone and impoverished in New York, encounters four strong characters who fascinate and in different ways subordinate her: an inscrutable urban recluse who employs her to record the possessions of a murdered woman; a photographer whose eerie portrait of Iris takes on a life of its own; an old woman in hospital who tries to claim a remnant of the ailing Iris; and a professor she has an affair with.
Mia Fredricksen is outraged when her husband asks to 'pause' their marriage. After her initial meltdown, Mia decamps to the prairie town of her childhood. By the end of the summer without men, wiser though definitely not sadder, Mia knows what she wants to fight for. Provocative, mordant, and fiercely intelligent, this is a glorious tragi-comedy for our times, by one of the most acclaimed American writers.
Novelists Egan (The Keep), Hustvedt (The Sorrows of an American), and Livesey (The House on Fortune Street) along with actress Hope Davis --the group that entertainingly and illuminatingly explored Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice at this book club--return by popular demand to revisit George Eliot's classic.
Karen Joy Fowler, author of the best-selling The Jane Austen Book Club, joins other Austen enthusiasts including novelists Siri Hustvedt and Jennifer Egan to celebrate the work of one of English literature's best-loved authors. In connection with Penguin Classics' 60th Anniversary release of Jane Austen: The Complete Novels: Classic Deluxe Edition, this lively discussion will span the vivid characters, biting satire, and delicious romance of Austen's six novels. Selections read by Hope Davis.
Artist Harriet Burden, consumed by fury at the lack of recognition she has received from the New York art establishment, embarks on an experiment: she hides her identity behind three male fronts who exhibit her work as their own. And yet, even after she has unmasked herself, there are those who refuse to believe she is the woman behind the men.
Novelists Egan (A Visit from the Goon Squad), Hustvedt (The Sorrows of an American) and Livesey (The House on Fortune Street) - the trio that brought Middlemarch and Jane Eyre to life at this book club - are back by popular demand to revisit Tolstoy's classic.
Incapable de supporter plus longtemps la liaison que son mari entretient avec une femme plus jeune qu'elle, Mia quitte brusquement New York pour se rendre dans le Minnesota et se réfugier quelque temps auprès de sa mère octogénaire. Parcours d'une femme blessée en forme de "lecture de soi" et d'inattendue épiphanie personnelle, ce roman solaire - féministe au meilleur sens du terme - irradie d'une énergie aussi rebelle que stimulante.
Eine zweisprachige Lesung von Gedichten und poetischen Texten von Siri Hustvedt, gelesen von der Autorin in Englisch und von Maren Eggert auf Deutsch...