Publication Date: 05/05/1994 ISBN: 9780340581230 Category:

The Blindfold

Siri Hustvedt

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication Date: 05/05/1994 ISBN: 9780340581230 Category:
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FROM THE INTERNATIONALLY BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF WHAT I LOVED

‘A work of dizzying intensity . . . an intriguing and sure-handed debut ‘ Don DeLillo

‘Brilliant . . . a dark, mesmerising debut’ Independent on Sunday

‘Hustvedt has pulled off nothing less than a re-mapping of the modern feminist psyche’ Daily Telegraph

Iris Vegan, a graduate student living alone and impoverished in New York, encounters four strong characters who fascinate and in different ways subordinate her: an inscrutable urban recluse who employs her to record the possessions of a murdered woman; a photographer whose eerie portrait of Iris takes on a life of its own; an old woman in hospital who tries to claim a remnant of the ailing Iris; and a professor she has an affair with. An exploration of female identity in an age when the old definitions – as some man’s daughter/wife/mother – no longer apply, fuelled with eroticism and a sense of menace.

‘Attests to Hustvedt’s thoroughly original style and her lucid contemporary voice . . . the announcement of a talented writer’s arrival’ Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

PRAISE FOR SIRI HUSTVEDT:

‘Hustvedt is that rare artist, a writer of high intelligence, profound sensuality and a less easily definable capacity for which the only word I can find is wisdom’ Salman Rushdie

‘One of our finest novelists’ Oliver Sacks

‘Reading a Hustvedt novel is like consuming the best of David Lynch’ Financial Times

‘Few contemporary writers are as satisfying and stimulating to read as Siri Hustvedt’ Washington Post

Publisher Review

Gripping...A complex exploration of the nature of the self, executed in polished and immediate prose * The Times * It has vivid and compelling characters; it is scary, sinister and readable ... a very smart novel * Independent * Brilliant...A dark, mesmerising debut * Independent on Sunday * 'Hustvedt has pulled off nothing less than a re-mapping of the modern feminist psyche...The quality and spareness of her prose, the intensity of her imagination, are at work on one of the most macabre terrains of the 20th century - New York' * Daily Telegraph * A harsh, dark, dangerous piece of prose...Sharply readable, quirky and entertaining in its witty observation of student and city life, but the whole resonates with shocking force * Vogue * A work of dizzying intensity ... an intriguing and sure-handed debut by a writer of eloquent and vivid disposition * Don DeLillo * 'Sexy without being steamy, intelligent without being complicated' * New Statesman *

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