The Blazing World: A Novel
by Siri Hustvedt
Named one of the New York Times Book Reviewâ€™s 100 Notable Books of the Year ** Publishers Weeklyâ€™s Best Fiction Books of 2014 ** NPR Best Books of 2014 ** Kirkus Reviews Best Literary Fiction Books of 2014 ** Washington Post Top 50 Fiction Books of 2014 ** Boston Globeâ€™s Best Fiction of 2014 ** The Telegraphâ€™s Best Fiction to Read 2014 ** St. Louis Post Dispatchâ€™s Best Books of 2014 ** The Independent Fiction Books of the Year 2014 ** One of Buzzfeedâ€™s Best Books Written by Women in 2014 ** San Francisco Chronicleâ€™s Best of 2014 ** A Nancy Pearl Pick ** PopMatters.comâ€™s Best of 2014 Fiction
Winner of the 2014 LA Times Book Prize for Fiction
Finalist for the 2014 Kirkus Prize
Hailed by The Washington Post as â€œSiri Hustvedtâ€™s best novel yet, an electrifying work,â€ The Blazing World is a masterful novel about perception, prejudice, desire, and one womanâ€™s struggle to be seen.
In a new novel called â€œsearingly fresh... A Nabokovian catâ€™s cradleâ€ 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 Yorkâ€™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 Harrietâ€™s journals, assembled after her death, this â€œglorious mashup of storytelling and scholarshipâ€ (San Francisco Chronicle) unfolds from multiple perspectives as Harrietâ€™s critics, fans, family, and others offer their own conflicting opinions of where the truth lies. Writing in Slate, Katie Roiphe declared it â€œa spectacularly good read...feminism in the tradition of Simone de Beauvoirâ€™s The Second Sex or Virginia Woolfâ€™s A Room of Oneâ€™s Own: richly complex, densely psychological, dazzlingly nuanced.â€
â€œAstonishing, harrowing, and utterly, completely engrossingâ€ (NPR), Hustvedtâ€™s new novel is â€œBlazing indeed:...with agonizing compassion for all of wounded humanityâ€(Kirkus Reviews, starred review). It is a masterpiece that will be remembered for years to come.