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Siri Hustvedt

Author of What I Loved

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About the Author

Siri Hustvedt is the author of seven novels, four collections of essays, and two works of nonfiction. She has a PhD from Columbia University in English literature and is a lecturer in psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the International show more Gabbaron Prize for Thought and Humanities (2012). Her novel The Blazing World was nominated for the Booker Prize and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction (2014). In 2019, she received an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature; the European Essay Prize for "The Delusions of Certainty," a work on the mind-body problem; and the Princess of Asturias Award for Literature. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. show less
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Works by Siri Hustvedt

What I Loved (2003) 2,745 copies, 73 reviews
The Sorrows of an American (2008) 1,122 copies, 46 reviews
The Summer without Men (2011) 940 copies, 68 reviews
The Blazing World (2014) 930 copies, 34 reviews
The Blindfold (1992) 666 copies, 15 reviews
The Enchantment of Lily Dahl (1996) 605 copies, 11 reviews
The Shaking Woman or A History of My Nerves (2010) 397 copies, 11 reviews
Memories of the Future (2019) 317 copies, 11 reviews
A Plea for Eros (2005) 225 copies, 4 reviews
Living, Thinking, Looking: Essays (2012) 219 copies, 4 reviews
Mothers, Fathers, and Others: Essays (2021) 71 copies, 3 reviews
Yonder (1998) 52 copies
The Delusions of Certainty (2016) 47 copies, 1 review

Associated Works

Persuasion (1817) — Introduction, some editions — 29,059 copies, 531 reviews
The Future Dictionary of America (2004) — Contributor — 631 copies, 3 reviews
A Burnt Child (1948) — Introduction, some editions — 282 copies, 8 reviews
The Best American Short Stories 1990 (1990) — Contributor — 221 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1991 (1991) — Contributor — 184 copies, 2 reviews
Me, My Hair, and I: Twenty-seven Women Untangle an Obsession (2015) — Contributor — 142 copies, 34 reviews
Know the Past, Find the Future: The New York Public Library at 100 (2011) — Contributor — 118 copies, 3 reviews
Granta 140: State of Mind (2017) — Contributor — 58 copies, 1 review
Novel Voices (2003) — Contributor — 55 copies
The Good Parts: The Best Erotic Writing in Modern Fiction (2000) — Contributor — 34 copies
Alien Nation: 36 True Tales of Immigration (2021) — Contributor — 9 copies


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Common Knowledge



2014 Booker Prize longlist: The Blazing World in Booker Prize (September 2014)


A complex doozy of a book here! I think some readers would be shoved out of this one, both with format, themes, and possibly the main character herself. The structure is like collected interviews, articles, journals. With an intro that can not be skipped, as it kindly frames the entire book. The book focuses on an artist named Harry Burden -- who believes she was never taken seriously as an artist because she was female and an experiment Harry tries with art to prove her theory. The book is like Harry: extremely smart, and intimidating with countless references. There is also a wide array of secondary characters that give their perspective on what happened to Harry. It was interesting enough and well done, but I felt more info was needed based on the people that made Harry who she is (like her dad, or however her marriage to Felix even happened.) But it also must be quite nice to have the main problem in Harry's life be that she was not appreciated for her art. And this isn't quite reaching the stakes a book should have in order to interest me as a reader. Other readers might be annoyed by the reporting format, that was supposed to be collected by an editor, but I liked it this way more than a traditional structure. It kept me on my toes trying to puzzle it out. I'm surprised the editor character didn't have more importance though. Reminded me of : 'The Bone People' by Keri Hulme, 'The Lacuna' by Barbara Kingsolver and 'The Dictionary of Animal Languages' by Heidi Sopinka.… (more)
booklove2 | 33 other reviews | Jun 20, 2024 |
While her basic story line was interesting to me (straying husband, aging parent, bullying teens) and I love the poetry allusions, the mystery emailer, the riffs about science and philosophy quickly had me reaching for another book. I finished it finally but found it to be a chore.
featherbooks | 67 other reviews | May 7, 2024 |
Much going on in this novel. V accomplished.
fmclellan | 67 other reviews | Jan 23, 2024 |
This is the first book of Siri Hustvedt I have read, and it is powerful, worthwhile, deep & beautifully written. She is clearly a genius, and I look forward to reading another of her compilations of essays, as well as her novels & nonfiction.
RickGeissal | 2 other reviews | Aug 16, 2023 |



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