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The blazing world, Siri Hustvedt

Label
The blazing world
Title
The blazing world
Statement of responsibility
Siri Hustvedt
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When Professor Hess stumbles across an unusual letter to the editor in an art journal, he is surprised to have known so little about the brilliant and mysterious artist it describes, the late Harriet Burden. Intrigued by her story, and by the explosive scandal surrounding her legacy, he begins to interview those who knew her, hoping to separate fact from fiction, only to find himself tumbling down a rabbit's hole of personal and psychological intrigue. Before she died, Harriet had claimed credit for three shows of contemporary art that had been the biggest sensations of the previous decade, sending the critics into a tailspin, since no one had even thought to connect the three shows before. The sculptures and paintings, while all of unquestionable quality, would seem to have nothing in common, and of the three young male artists who presented the work, one has fled the country, another isn't talking to anyone, and the third appears to have committed suicide--though not before denouncing Harriet to the world. So was Harriet Burden one of the greatest artists--male or female--in recent memory, having masterminded a puppet show of grand proportions, or was she a washed-up has-been looking for glory on others' coattails? As Hess seeks to solve the puzzle, he soon finds everyone has a different story to tell, and that nothing, and no one, is as it seems. With a playfully intricate narrative structure, flawless prose, and fierce emotional insight, award-winning novelist Siri Hustvedt takes us into the heart of human nature, exposing our prejudices and preconceptions about ambition, feminism, and the complex psychology of love
Summary
A provocative tale told through a series of scholarly texts draws on notebooks and conflicting accounts about the life and work of an acclaimed artist who after years of being marginalized conceals her female identity behind three male fronts
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
  • Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, 2014.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2014
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10277475
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hustvedt, Siri
Dewey number
813.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Women artists
  • Teachers
  • Death
  • Psychological fiction
Target audience
adult
Label
The blazing world, Siri Hustvedt
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
379 p.
Isbn
9781444779639
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
System control number
(Sirsi) i9781444779639
Label
The blazing world, Siri Hustvedt
Publication
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
379 p.
Isbn
9781444779639
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
System control number
(Sirsi) i9781444779639

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