By Siri Hustvedt
Named one of many New York instances Book Review’s a hundred remarkable Books of the yr ** Publishers Weekly’s most sensible Fiction Books of 2014 ** NPR most sensible Books of 2014 ** Kirkus Reviews top Literary Fiction Books of 2014 ** Washington put up most sensible 50 Fiction Books of 2014 ** Boston Globe’s top Fiction of 2014 ** The Telegraph’s most sensible Fiction to learn 2014 ** St. Louis publish Dispatch’s most sensible Books of 2014 ** The self sufficient Fiction Books of the yr 2014 ** certainly one of Buzzfeed’s top Books Written by way of ladies in 2014 ** San Francisco Chronicle’s better of 2014 ** A Nancy Pearl choose ** PopMatters.com’s better of 2014 Fiction
Winner of the 2014 l. a. occasions booklet Prize for Fiction
Finalist for the 2014 Kirkus Prize
Hailed by way of The Washington Post as “Siri Hustvedt’s top novel but, an electrifying work,” The Blazing World is a masterful novel approximately conception, prejudice, hope, and one woman’s fight to be seen.
In a brand new novel referred to as “searingly fresh... A Nabokovian cat’s cradle” at the disguise of The manhattan instances ebook Review, the across the world bestselling writer tells the provocative tale of artist Harriet Burden, who, after years of getting her paintings missed, ignites an explosive scandal in New York’s artwork international whilst she recruits 3 younger males to provide her creations as their very own. but whilst the indicates be triumphant and Burden steps ahead for her victorious exhibit, she is betrayed via the 3rd guy, Rune. Many critics part with him, and Burden and Rune locate themselves in a charged and unsafe video game, person who leads to his extraordinary death.
An intricately conceived, diabolical puzzle offered as a set of texts, together with Harriet’s journals, assembled after her dying, this “glorious mashup of storytelling and scholarship” (San Francisco Chronicle) unfolds from a number of views as Harriet’s critics, fanatics, family members, and others supply their very own conflicting evaluations of the place the reality lies. Writing in Slate, Katie Roiphe declared it “a spectacularly solid read...feminism within the culture of Simone de Beauvoir’s The moment Sex or Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own: richly advanced, densely mental, dazzlingly nuanced.”
“Astonishing, harrowing, and totally, thoroughly engrossing” (NPR), Hustvedt’s new novel is “Blazing indeed:...with agonizing compassion for all of wounded humanity”(Kirkus Reviews, starred review). it's a masterpiece that may be remembered for years yet to come.
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