- Gebundene Ausgabe: 368 Seiten
- Verlag: Simon & Schuster (11. März 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1476747237
- ISBN-13: 978-1476747231
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 3,8 x 22,9 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 218.798 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Blazing World: A Novel (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 11. März 2014
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LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE
"The Blazing World offers a spirited romp...constructed as a Nabokovian cat's cradle....Hustvedt's portrait of the artist as a middle-aged widow is searingly fresh. It's rare to encounter a female protagonist who throws her weight around quite so grandiloquently as Harriet Burden, a heroine who is—well, more like the hero of a Philip Roth or a Saul Bellow novel." (New York Times Book Review)
“Ingeniously and energetically put together. . . . The Blazing World never runs out of steam in dispensing ideas and peeling back layers of truth.” (Chicago Tribune)
“Incandescent. . . . Hustvedt’s greatest triumph here is not the feminist argument she makes. It’s that we ache for her characters. This is a muscular book, and just enough of that muscle is heart.” (The Boston Globe)
“A glorious mashup of storytelling and scholarship. . . .[The Blazing World’s] touching conclusion ‘blazes hot and bright’ from the perspective of an aura reader, Harriet's caretaker, whose vision of the artist's work is at once spiritually charged and whimsical.” (The San Francisco Chronicle)
“The Blazing World is unique and recognizably so, a bracing examination of the act of creation, of fame and identity, gender bias and feminism, love and desire, psychology and philosophy. . . . Full of life and ideas and intellectual prowess, it’s also a compelling story with richly drawn characters. . . .[An] extraordinary puzzle.” (The Miami Herald)
“The Blazing World is Siri Hustvedt’s best novel yet, an electrifying work with a titanic, poignantly flawed protagonist. Harriet Burden’s rage, turbulence and neediness leap off these pages in a skillfully orchestrated chorus of voices both dark and brilliant.” (The Washington Post)
"In certain respects, The Blazing World is a didactic novel, presenting arguments about the place of gender in American cultural life, yet it avoids preaching or settled judgments by putting at its center a figure whose strongly held beliefs are undermined by the hazards of real life. The effect is more fluid and nuanced than any scholarly study or political diatribe could be." (The Wall Street Journal)
“This is feminism in the tradition of Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex, or Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own: richly complex, densely psychological, dazzlingly nuanced. And at the same time, the book is a spectacularly good read. Its storytelling is magnificent, its characters vivid, its plot gripping; it’s rare that a novel of ideas can be so much fun.” (Slate)
"[C]omplex, astonishing, harrowing, and utterly, completely engrossing." (NPR)
"Siri Hustvedt has earned her reputation as a brilliant thinker and articulate writer. This is not her first work of fiction, and The Blazing World is strong proof that her talents are unmatched in the genre. . . a delightful, quirky story that shares many truths about women in the arts, and the struggles they encounter in rising to fame." (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
“Dazzling. . . ingeniously constructed. . . . The Blazing World is a serious, sometimes profound book, tackling head-on the knotty issues of identity and sense of self, and our unconscious ideas about gender and celebrity. It offers an exhilarating reading experience for anyone willing to meet its challenge.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
“Siri Hustvedt has a rare gift for finding the human heart in what might be cerebral musings and rarefied settings.” (Columbus Dispatch)
“Immediately engrossing. . . . None of the narrators, even Harriet, are precisely reliable, and this ingeniously supports Harriet’s own theory that we are all just monsters wearing masks.” (San Antonio Current)
“The Blazing World is poundingly alive with ideas, personalities, conviction, fear, fakery, ambition, and sorrow. The reading mind is set on high, happy alert.” (The New York Journal of Books)
"The absence of women artists in the history of painting is an old feminist topic, but it is one The Blazing World approaches head-on." (The Guardian)
"Hustvedt’s novels – What I Loved, The Enchantment of Lily Dahl, The Summer Without Men, among others – have always been smart, accomplished, critically acclaimed but this one feels like a departure. There is more heat in it, more wildness; it seems to burst on to a whole other level of achievement and grace." (Financial Times)
"Densely brilliant, but terrifyingly clever too... you don’t need a PhD in Kierkegaard to enjoy Hustvedt’s writing, and it’s a pleasure to feel your brain whirring as it forges links and finds the cracks across differing accounts. Even if The Blazing World is about ambiguity and mutability in everything from authorship to gender to memory, Hustvedt’s text is carefully, impressively constructed: she’s as convincing in each fictional voice as Harriet is in her masks." (The Independent)
[A]n exuberantly clever piece of work.... [A] novel that gloriously lives up to its title, one blazing with energy and thought. (The Times)
“Siri Hustvedt’s dizzying, deeply felt The Blazing World—political, philosophical, transcendent in the way of true art—will stay alive in readers’ minds for years to come.” (The Rumpus)
"Both intellectually and emotionally gripping… the generosity of the storytelling leads to full and often affecting backstories for all the main characters… [it] feels like one of those novels in which a well-established author triumphantly sums up, and possibly even surpasses, everything they’ve done before." (The Spectator)
“Masterful. . . .[Hustvedt’s] long-running explorations have rarely been merged together as fluidly as they are here, an achievement that has everything to do with rendering the novel’s abundant intellect in a deeply felt and accessible manner. Six novels and more than two decades into her career, it is altogether fair to argue that Siri Hustvedt is quietly becoming one of North America’s most subversive and fearlessly intelligent writers.” (Toronto Star)
"A heady, suspenseful, funny, and wrenching novel of creativity, identity, and longing." (Booklist (Starred Review))
“Larger-than-life Harry reads vociferously, loves fervently, and overflows with intellectual and creative energy….Hustvedt dissects the art world with ironic insight….This is a funny, sad, thought-provoking, and touching portrait of a woman who is blazing with postfeminist fury and propelled by artistic audacity." (Publishers Weekly)
“Readers of Hustvedt’s essay collections (Living, Thinking, Looking, 2012, etc.) will recognize the writer’s long-standing interest in questions of perception, and her searching intellect is also evident here. But as the story of Harry’s life coheres . . . it’s the emotional content that seizes the reader . . . As in her previous masterpiece, What I Loved (2003), Hustvedt paints a scathing portrait of the art world, obsessed with money and the latest trend, but superb descriptions of Harry’s work—installations expressing her turbulence and neediness—remind us that the beauty and power of art transcend such trivialities . . . Blazing indeed: not just with Harry’s fury, but with agonizing compassion for all of wounded humanity.” (Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review))
“Intelligent and . . . knowledgeable about the world of modern art, theory, and philosophy, Hustvedt describes in detail the insular world of the New York City art scene.” (Library Review)
Praise for The Summer Without Men
“Exhuberant…Hustvedt is a fearless writer…She’s managed not to shrink the truth of women’s lives, without relinquishing love for men.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
“Engaging…a fragmented meditation on identity, abandonment, and loss….Hustvedt manages to move seamlessly between Blake and Rilke to Kirekegaard and Hegel while maintaining a forward motion to this fluid narrative…Satisfying.” (Boston Globe)
“Elegant… a smart and surprisingly amusing meditation on love, friendship and sexual politics.” (The Miami Herald)
“An investigation into romantic comedy, both the classic Hollywood version—‘love as verbal war’—and Jane Austen’s Persuasion… Among the novel’s pleasures are its analysis of gender…and the character of Mia herself, who comes across as honest, witty and empathetic.” (New York Times Book Review)
“This brisk, ebullient novel is a potpourri of poems, diary entries, emails and quicksilver self-analysis... The noisy chorus in Mia’s head has an appealing way of getting inside the reader’s too.” (Wall Street Journal)
“Breathtaking… hilarious… What a joy it is to see Hustvedt have such mordant fun in this saucy and scathing novel about men and women, selfishness and generosity…. Hustvedt has created a companionable and mischievous narrator to cherish, a healthy-minded woman of high intellect, blazing humor, and boundless compassion.” (Booklist (Starred Review))
“Intellectually spry… An adroit take on love, men and women, and girls and women.” (Publishers Weekly)
“[A] 21st century riff on the 19th-century Reader-I-married-him school of quiet insurgent women’s fiction… Tart comments on male vs. female styles of writing-and reading-novels are a delight… A smart, sassy reflection on the varieties of female experience.” (Kirkus Reviews)
Praise for What I Loved
“Superb. . .What I Loved is a rare thing, a page turner written at full intellectual stretch, serious but witty, large-minded and morally engaged.” (New York Times Book Review)
“So richly imagined is the art in her book that it serves not just to illuminate hidden emotions but also as a subject in itself. . .A wrenching portrait of parental grief, then a psychological thriller, and finally a meditation on the perspective of memory.” (Vogue)
“A great book. The twinning of narrative pleasure with intellectual rigor isn’t rare. In fact, it’s easy to find if you’re plowing through, say, the Modern Library, engaging with classics that come to you already canonized and annointed. But to stumble into such a relationship with a contemporary. . .writer is a heady feeling. Those of us who read new fiction dream of finding such a book.” (Newsday)
“No image is wasted, no sentence superfluous in creating a novel that teems with ideas, emotions…. Hustvedt’s novel is a quietly astounding work of fiction that defies categorization.” (Los Angeles Times)
“A remarkable achievement of Siri Hustvedt’s prose, with its attention to nuance and intricacy is its demonstration that friendship is a powerful form of intelligence. The book’s final pages acknowledge nearly overwhelming loss, but because the reader understands so much, their sadness feels almost like joy.” (The Washington Post)
LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2014Alle Produktbeschreibungen
Das sollte eigentlich ziemlich aussagekräftig sein.
Wenn Sie sich allerdings für die Nahtstelle zwischen Kunst und Aesthetik rein gar nicht interessieren, dann ist dieses Werk nichts für Sie. Für Spannungsleser ist es auch nicht geeignet.
Für Leser und Leserinnen, die einen wirklich intelligenten Roman suchen, ist dieser genau richtig.
Siri Hustvedts neues Buch “The Blazing World” ist ein wahnsinnig spannender Roman, der bis zur letzten Seite fesselt und mit seiner Offenlegung von menschlichen Abgründen fasziniert. Wie auch in "What I loved" und "The Sorrows of an American" zeigt Hustvedt wieder einmal, wie gut sie Anspruch und Unterhaltung zu verbinden weiß. Mit ihrer brillanten Sprache schafft sie es immer wieder, die wirren und vielschichtigen Ereignisse von den außenstehenden Charakteren kommentieren zu lassen und somit in einen breiteren Kontext einzuordnen: "But it is not what is said that makes us who we are. More often it is what remains unspoken" (51). "The Blazing World" ist ein Muss für den Liebhaber zeitgenössischer amerikanischer Literatur.
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After reading several of the other reviews of this book I felt compelled to write mine. This novel doesn't require you to know everything that we are led to believe Harriet Burden knows it just takes you into a world where thinking about things is a passion. I did care about Harriet. I cared about many of the characters. They were complex people who could not be pinned down.
The passage where she describes the planes crashing on that day in september some years ago is haunting and is close to McCarthy in description, pace and prose. Instant goosebumps, feeling of nausea, and a reliving of our own experience from those days.
Also being able to tie in her knowledge of neuroscience which she truly has a lot of knowledge of. The omniscience is suttle, but ever so present.
You don't have to be a woman, or an artist, to enjoy The Blazing World. The synopsis adequately shares what it's generally about, but each reader will be sure to take away something different that doesn't directly pertain to being a female in the art world.
Sure, that statement is coming from a woman who went to art school, but while reading about Harry's artistic life through letters and interviews I could more relate to my explorations in personal identity than perhaps the more obvious outward experience of being a female art maker (Not that those things are completely polarized though). Harry's identity is a long battle of sorts, one that is both beautiful and heartbreaking to read about, and only made more complicated by the fact that the majority of these experiences are really other people's perceptions of her, juxtaposed with her private journals which share a manic (and somewhat pugnacious) insight into her world. I actually found myself drawn less to her writing than the written judgement of others. Perhaps because identity in part is how others perceive you, and in turn, judge and categorize you in whatever plane you're trying to thrive. Harry's passion was endearing and relatable, but frustrating at times and suffered a bit in it's repetition. This is a thought provoking and candid exposure of a woman's career, and her attempt to share herself and actually be seen through the mask she dons and relates to others. To put it simply.
It's an obvious thought to relate this work directly to the author herself, but Hustvedt seems to invite this by including her own name in the journals of Harry at one point. Perhaps a humorous Easter egg written in expectation of probing comparisons. I loved reading this moment, it perked me up while I was sinking into the whole calamity of Harry's posthumously discovered art and philosophies. So, shout out to that lovely moment!
I'm excited to further explore more of Siri Hustvedt's ideas and writing. I've read some good stuff this year for the Man Booker 2014, and The Blazing World is a worthy contender I'll certainly be rooting for.
There's a cast of characters from the New York world of Modern Art, some of them portrayed with sly humor. There are loving friends and family as well, making Harriet's life and her art a work to be admired.
I loved this book. It is everything a novel should be,
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