The Blazing World
Presented as a collection of texts compiled by a scholar years after Burden's death, the story unfolds through extracts from her notebooks, reviews and articles, as well as testimonies from her children, her lover, a dear friend, and others more distantly connected to her. Each account is different, however, and the mysteries multiply. One thing is clear: Burden's involvement with the last of her 'masks' turned into a dangerous psychological game that ended with the man's bizarre death.
This is a polyphonic tour de force from the internationally acclaimed author of What I Loved, an intricately conceived, diabolical puzzle that explores the way prejudice, fame, money and desire influence our perceptions of one another. Emotionally intense, intellectually rigorous, ironic and playful, The Blazing World is as gripping as it is thought-provoking.
Helen Manders manages the translation rights for The Blazing World
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[A] thought-provoking new novel . . . This psychological and gripping tale addresses the lengths we go to in the quest for appreciation, and how it can ultimately lead to our downfall.Irish Tatler
Another meditation on art and identity, in which a female artist hides behind male ‘masks’ who exhibit their work as her own.Guardian
Inventive in its telling as it is in its concept.Independent
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Hustvedt’s labyrinth of intricately woven chapters irradiate with the callousness, misogyny and intellectual arrogance of the art world, while love and hope hover in the background.
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