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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. 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.
"Hustvedt can capture a life-changing moment in one perfect phrase." ( Vogue)
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- Ruby Russell
Engaging, complex and satisfying
Where does The Blazing World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
One of the most enjoyable
Who was your favorite character and why?
The heroine, Harriet Burden, a clever and intense character, beautifully portrayed by the reader
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Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
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This was a long but gripping, audiobook, intricately woven, a great performance
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The story was intersting and engaging. I did not like the reading at all, I'm sorry to say
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