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The Blazing World

The Blazing World

Artist Harriet Burden, consumed by fury at the lack of recognition she has received from the New York art establishment, embarks on an experiment: she hides her identity behind three male fronts who exhibit her work as their own. And yet, even after she has unmasked herself, there are those who refuse to believe she is the woman behind the men.

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.

About the Author

Siri Hustvedt

Siri Hustvedt lives in Brooklyn, New York.  Born in Minnesota, she has a PhD in English from Columbia University and in 2012 was awarded the International Gabarron Prize for Thought and Humanities.  Previous novels include: The Blindfold,The Enchantment of Lily DahlWhat I LovedThe Sorrows of an American and The Summer Without Men