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The Blazing World

A Novel

By Siri Hustvedt

Longlisted for the prestigious Man Booker Prize and hailed by The Washington Post as “Siri Hustvedt’s best novel yet, an electrifying work,” The Blazing World is a masterful novel about perception, prejudice, desire, and one woman’s struggle to be seen.

In a new novel called “searingly fresh... A Nabokovian cat’s cradle” on the cover of The New York Times Book Review, the internationally bestselling author tells the provocative story of artist Harriet Burden, who, after years of having her work ignored, ignites an explosive scandal in New York’s art world when she recruits three young men to present her creations as their own. Yet when the shows succeed and Burden steps forward for her triumphant reveal, she is betrayed by the third man, Rune. Many critics side with him, and Burden and Rune find themselves in a charged and dangerous game, one that ends in his bizarre death.

An intricately conceived, diabolical puzzle presented as a collection of texts, including Harriet’s journals, assembled after her death, this “glorious mashup of storytelling and scholarship” (San Francisco Chronicle) unfolds from multiple perspectives as Harriet’s critics, fans, family, and others offer their own conflicting opinions of where the truth lies. Writing in Slate, Katie Roiphe declared it “a spectacularly good read...feminism in the tradition of Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex or Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own: richly complex, densely psychological, dazzlingly nuanced.”

“Astonishing, harrowing, and utterly, completely engrossing” (NPR), Hustvedt’s new novel is “Blazing indeed:...with agonizing compassion for all of wounded humanity”(Kirkus Reviews, starred review). It is a masterpiece that will be remembered for years to come.




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Format: Book
Author: Hustvedt, Siri
Title: The blazing world : a novel / Siri Hustvedt.
Publisher Date: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
Subject: Women artists -- Fiction. Teachers -- Fiction. Death -- Fiction. FICTION / General. FICTION / Literary. FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General.
Isbn: 9781476747231 (hbk.) 1476747237 (hbk.)
Current Holds: 1
System Items Available: 1
System Items Total: 2
Call Number: M Hustvedt
Oclc: 852226445
Bib Id: 512960

Format: Book
Author: Hustvedt, Siri.
Title: The blazing world : a novel / Siri Hustvedt.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
Description: 357 pages ; 24 cm
Subjects: Women artists -- Fiction.
Subjects: Teachers -- Fiction.
Subjects: Death -- Fiction.
Subjects: FICTION / General.
Subjects: FICTION / Literary.
Subjects: FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General.
Genre: Psychological fiction.
LCCN: 2013027172
ISBN: 9781476747231 (hbk.)
ISBN: 1476747237 (hbk.)
Requests: 1
Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 2
Call Number: M Hustvedt