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Blazing World (e-bok)

Blazing World E-bok

Longlisted for the Booker Prize

E-bok (LCP),  Engelska, 2014-03-13
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LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZEWINNER OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE FOR FICTION'Dazzling' Sunday Times'A truly wonderful intellectual work that makes you think and laugh' Daily Mail'Playful, ebullient, brainy' Financial TimesThe artist Harriet Burden, furious at the lack of attention paid her by the New York art world, conducts an experiment: she hides her identity behind three male fronts in a series of exhibitions. Their success seems to prove her point, but there's a sting in the tail - when she unmasks herself, not everyone believes her. Then her last collaborator meets a bizarre end. In this mesmerising tour de force, Burden's story emerges after her death through a variety of sources, including her (not entirely reliable) journals and the testimonies of her children, lover and a dear friend. Each account is different, however, and the mysteries multiply.'A novel that gloriously lives up to its title, one blazing with energy and thought' The TimesPRAISE FOR SIRI HUSTVEDT:'Hustvedt is that rare artist, a writer of high intelligence, profound sensuality and a less easily definable capacity for which the only word I can find is wisdom' Salman Rushdie'One of our finest novelists' Oliver Sacks'Reading a Hustvedt novel is like consuming the best of David Lynch' Financial Times'Few contemporary writers are as satisfying and stimulating to read as Siri Hustvedt' Washington Post'A 21st-century Virginia Woolf' Literary Review
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Readers of Hustvedt's essay collections ... will recognize the writer's long-standing interest in questions of perception, and her searching intellect is also evident here. But as the story of Harry's life coheres ... it's the emotional content that seizes the reader ... As in her previous masterpiece, What I Loved (2003), Hustvedt paints a scathing portrait of the art world, obsessed with money and the latest trend, but superb descriptions of Harry's work - installations expressing her turbulence and neediness - remind us that the beauty and power of art transcend such trivialities ... Blazing indeed: not just with Harry's fury, but with agonizing compassion for all of wounded humanity. Kirkus (starred review) Hustvedt dissects the art world with ironic insight. Footnotes and academic references, a large cast of characters, a wide range of narrative voices, intellectual digressions, and occasional one-liners enrich this novel of the New York art scene. This is a funny, sad, thought-provoking, and touching portrait of a woman who is blazing with postfeminist fury and propelled by artistic audacity. Publishers Weekly As inventive in its telling as it is in its concept and subject matter. Arifa Akbar, i Hustvedt's fascination with art and artists, a prime subject in her fiction and essays, propels her sixth novel through a labyrinth of masquerade and betrayal to profoundly unsettling truths ... [she] subtly explores the intricate workings of the brain and the mysteries of the mind as she shrewdly investigates gender differences, parodies art criticism, and contrasts diabolical ambition and the soul-scouring inquiries of expressive art. A heady, suspenseful, funny, and wrenching novel of creativity, identity, and longing. Booklist (starred review) [Hustvedt's] sprawling narrative, with its large cast of characters, resembles a Dickens novel for the postmodern age, with the quest for the fragmented identity taking the place of the standard Victorian hero's journey. This is a big, uncompromising novel of ideas, full of provocative thinking about modern art, technology, neurobiology and gender politics. Few women writers take such stylistic risks and accomplish such fiercely intelligent work. Bookbag

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Siri Hustvedt's first novel, The Blindfold, was published by Sceptre in 1993. Since then she has published The Enchantment of Lily Dahl, What I Loved, The Sorrows of an American and The Summer Without Men. She is also the author of the poetry collection Reading To You, and four collections of essays, Yonder, Mysteries of the Rectangle: Essays on Painting, A Plea for Eros and Living, Thinking, Looking, as well as the memoir The Shaking Woman: A History of My Nerves. Born in Minnesota, Siri Hustvedt now lives in Brooklyn, New York. She has a PhD in English from Columbia University and in 2012 was awarded the International Gabarron Prize for Thought and Humanities.