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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250009529
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250009524
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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 "No one writing about art today comes closer than Siri Hustvedt to the elusive strangeness of a great painting." —Calvin Tomkins

"As an essayist she is perhaps without peer." —The Scotland Herald

"She brings both knowledge and an artist’s insight to the discussion of memory, language, and personal identity. . . . It is Hustvedt’s gift to write with exemplary clarity of what is by necessity unclear." —Hilary Mantel

"[Hustvedt] gives you the illusion of seeing as if for the first time works of art that you thought you knew well. After reading her . . . most prose about art seems merely perfunctory." —Modern Painters

"Hustvedt thinks her way through complex subject matter with the effortless clarity of a poised and skeptical outsider who has little time for nonsense or the blithe reductionist certainties of supposed experts. . . . Hustvedt is a calm traveler on the storm-tossed seas of the self. Her odyssey . . . deepens understanding." —Lisa Appignanesi

About the Author

Siri Hustvedt was born in 1955 in Northfield, Minnesota. She has a Ph.D. from Columbia University in English literature and is the internationally acclaimed author of five novels, The Sorrows of an American, What I Loved, The Enchantment of Lily Dahl, The Blindfold, and The Summer Without Men, as well as a growing body of nonfiction including, A Plea for Eros and Mysteries of the Rectangle, and an interdisciplinary investigation of the body and mind in The Shaking Woman or A History of My Nerves. She has given lectures on artists and theories of art at the Prado, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. In 2011, she delivered the thirty-ninth annual Freud Lecture in Vienna.She lives in Brooklyn.

 


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Siri Hustvedt is the author five novels, The Blindfold, The Enchantment of Lily Dahl, What I Loved,and The Summer Without Men, as well as three collections of essays, A Plea for Eros, Mysteries of the Rectangle: Essays on Painting, and Living, Thinking, Looking, as well as the nonfiction work: The Shaking Woman or A History of My Nerves. What I Loved and The Summer Without Men were international bestsellers. Her work has been shortlisted for numerous awards, including the Femina Etranger in France, and she is the recipient of the 2012 International Gabarron Prize for Thought and Humanities.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By esperanza on September 18, 2013
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Siri Hustvedt is a Renaissance woman whose scholarship, intuition, and incredible ability to synthesize allow her to reveal the common themes in seemingly disparate fields. Her metacognitive passages enable the reader to follow her thinking to new vistas in understanding the self. Her sentences are as clear and refreshing as mountain water. Siri uses examples from her own life to illustrate the human experiences through the lenses of neuroscience, psychology, poetry, and visual art. Stunning!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Edgar E. Soberon on October 29, 2012
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I have enjoyed reading these essays probably as much as "Mysteries of the Rectangle",which I highly recommend to anyone in the arts.
Hustvedt has mastered the art of the essay form, bringing together ideas and viewpoints from disparate disciplines.
The essay on painter Giorgio Morandi, puts into words things one often is incapable of uttering before
the impenetrable silence of a Morandi Still Life. Recommended reading.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Sandoval on January 17, 2014
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it was a gift I got for my sister and she loves this author so I hope it was a good book for her, I really wouldn't know much.
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