Mothers, Fathers, and Others
‘It is Hustvedt’s gift to write with exemplary clarity of what is by necessity unclear.’ Hilary Mantel, Guardian
Feminist philosophy meets family memoir in a fresh essay collection by the award-winning essayist and novelist Siri Hustvedt, author of the bestselling What I Loved and Booker Prize-longlisted The Blazing World.
Siri Hustvedt’s relentlessly curious mind and expansive intellect are on full display in this stunning new collection of essays, whose subjects range from the nature of memory and time to what we inherit from our parents, the power of art during tragedy, misogyny, motherhood, neuroscience, and the books we turn to during a pandemic. Drawing on family history as well as her own life and experiences, she examines the porousness of borders of all kinds in a masterful intellectual journey that is at once personal and universal. Ultimately, Mothers, Fathers, and Others reminds us that the boundaries we take for granted-between ourselves and others, between art and viewer-are far less stable than we imagine.
In [this] new collection of essays . . . Siri Hustvedt takes feminist discourse to a new level . . . Mothers, Fathers and Others is a powerful collection with an impressive variety of disciplines through whose prism the themes of art, motherhood, neuroscience, misogyny and sex are revealed. It is an engaging and educational read that makes a valuable contribution to contemporary feminist discourse. -- Elizaveta Kolesova * The Upcoming * Praise for Siri Hustvedt's non-fiction 'It is Hustvedt's gift to write with exemplary clarity of what is by necessity unclear.' -- Hilary Mantel * Guardian * Siri Hustvedt is best known as a novelist and her novels have received deserved acclaim. But to my mind, she is even more to be admired as an essayist -- Salley Vickers * Observer * She is an inspiring guide to territory where both the humanities and the sciences can throw light on the ways in which we construct meaning in our lives. -- Nick Rennison * Sunday Times * Her erudition, the sharp clarity of her thinking, the variety of her sources and the supple ways in which she weaves them into personal narrative, coupled with her fearlessness in the face of those aspects of the human condition which are of necessity ambiguous, infuse her work with a rare kind of quiet intellectual confidence. -- Melanie McGrath * Sunday Telegraph * Siri Hustvedt, one of our finest novelists, has long been a brilliant explorer of brain and mind -- Oliver Sacks, author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
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