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The Blazing World - A Novel

Siri Hustvedt

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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

With The Blazing World, internationally best­selling author Siri Hustvedt returns to the New York art world in her most masterful and urgent novel since What I Loved. Hustvedt, who has long been celebrated for her “beguiling, lyrical prose” (The Sunday Times Books, London), tells the provocative story of the artist Harriet Burden. After years of watching her work ignored or dismissed by critics, Burden conducts an experiment she calls Maskings: she presents her own art behind three male masks, concealing her female identity. The three solo shows are successful, but when Burden finally steps forward triumphantly to reveal herself as the artist behind the exhibitions, there are critics who doubt her. The public scandal turns on the final exhibition, initially shown as the work of acclaimed artist Rune, who denies Burden’s role in its creation. What no one doubts, however, is that the two artists were intensely involved with each other. As Burden’s journals reveal, she and Rune found themselves locked in a charged and dangerous game that ended with the man’s bizarre death. Ingeniously presented as a collection of texts compiled after Burden’s death, The Blazing World unfolds from multiple perspectives. The exuberant Burden speaks—in all her joy and fury—through extracts from her own notebooks, while critics, fans, family members, and others offer their own conflicting opinions of who she was, and where the truth lies. From one of the most ambitious and interna­tionally renowned writers of her generation, The Blazing World is a polyphonic tour de force. An intricately conceived, diabolical puzzle, it explores the deceptive powers of prejudice, money, fame, and desire. Emotionally intense, intellectually rigorous, ironic, and playful, Hustvedt’s new novel is a bold, rich masterpiece, one that will be remembered for years to come.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Patricia Rodriguez, Eric Meyers

Length:

14h 46m


Chapters

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05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:40


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

31:34


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

14:28


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:25


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

11:17


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

31:02


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

17:30


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

17:58


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

09:03


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

18:22


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

14:18


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

24:09


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

30:08


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

25:17


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

02:29


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

29:02


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

01:02:44


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:50


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

40:20


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

30:08


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

44:00


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:04


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

30:13


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

02:30


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

01:27


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:08


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:08


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:42


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:29


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

52:04


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

27:30


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

15:04


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

14:04


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

19:12


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

15:45


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:59


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

14:36


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

09:31


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

40:35


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:22


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

26:11


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

10:25


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:02


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

12:47


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

21:54


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

54:14


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

00:53