Book Title: The Blazing World
The Blazing World
Publisher : Simon & Schuster; 1st edition (March 11, 2014)
Language : English
Hardcover : 368 pages
ISBN-10 : 1476747237
ISBN-13 : 978-1476747231
The Blazing World. Longlisted for the lofty Man Booker Prize and hailed by The Washington Post as “Siri Hustvedt’s best novel yet, a jolting work,” The Blazing World is a mind-blowing novel with regards to insight, bias, want, and one lady’s battle to be seen.
In another novel called “searingly new… A Nabokovian feline’s support” on the front of The New York Times Book Review, the globally top-rated writer recounts the provocative story of craftsman Harriet Burden, who, following quite a while of having her work disregarded, lights an unstable outrage in New York’s specialty world when she enlists three youngsters to introduce her manifestations as their own. However, when the show succeeds and Burden ventures forward for her victorious uncover, she is sold out by the third man, Rune. Numerous pundits side with him, and Burden and Rune end up in a charged and risky game, one that closures in his peculiar demise.
A complicatedly imagined, wicked riddle introduced as an assortment of texts, including Harriet’s diaries, gathered after her demise, this “magnificent mashup of narrating and grant” (San Francisco Chronicle) unfurls according to various viewpoints as Harriet’s faultfinders, fans, family, and others express their own clashing feelings of where reality lies. Writing in Slate, Katie Roiphe proclaimed it “an astoundingly decent read…feminism in the custom of Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex or Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own: lavishly perplexing, thickly mental, radiantly nuanced.”
“Astounding, nerve-racking, and totally, totally immersing” (NPR), Hustvedt’s new novel is “Blasting indeed:…with anguishing empathy for all of injured humanity”(Kirkus Reviews, featured audit). A magnum opus will be associated with years to come.
“The Blazing World offers a spirited romp…constructed as a Nabokovian cat’s cradle…Hustvedt’s portrait of the artist as a middle-aged widow is searingly fresh. It’s rare to encounter a female protagonist who throws her weight around quite so grandiloquently as Harriet Burden, a heroine who is—well, more like the hero of a Philip Roth or a Saul Bellow novel.” Source: New York Times Book Review
“Ingeniously and energetically put together. . . . The Blazing World never runs out of steam in dispensing ideas and peeling back layers of truth.” Source: Chicago Tribune
“Incandescent. . . . Hustvedt’s greatest triumph here is not the feminist argument she makes. It’s that we ache for her characters. This is a muscular book, and just enough of that muscle is the heart.” Source: The Boston Globe
“A glorious mashup of storytelling and scholarship. . . .[The Blazing World’s] touching conclusion ‘blazes hot and bright’ from the perspective of an aura reader, Harriet’s caretaker, whose vision of the artist’s work is at once spiritually charged and whimsical.” Source: The San Francisco Chronicle
“The Blazing World is unique and recognizably so, a bracing examination of the act of creation, of fame and identity, gender bias and feminism, love and desire, psychology and philosophy. . . . Full of life and ideas and intellectual prowess, it’s also a compelling story with richly drawn characters. . . .[An] extraordinary puzzle.” Source: The Miami Herald
“The Blazing World is Siri Hustvedt’s best novel yet, an electrifying work with a titanic, poignantly flawed protagonist. Harriet Burden’s rage, turbulence, and neediness leap off these pages in a skillfully orchestrated chorus of voices both dark and brilliant.” Source: The Washington Post
“In certain respects, The Blazing World is a didactic novel, presenting arguments about the place of gender in American cultural life, yet it avoids preaching or settled judgments by putting at its center a figure whose strongly held beliefs are undermined by the hazards of real life. The effect is more fluid and nuanced than any scholarly study or political diatribe could be.” Source: The Wall Street Journal
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