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The Blindfold

By Siri Hustvedt

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Format: Paperback, 224 pages, 2nd edition Edition
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Published In: United Kingdom, 01 May 1994
Iris Vegan, a graduate student living alone and impoverished in New York, encounters four strong characters who fascinate and in different ways subordinate her: an inscrutable urban recluse who employs her to record the possessions of a murdered woman; a photographer whose eerie portrait of Iris takes on a life of its own; an old woman in hospital who tries to claim a remnant of the ailing Iris; and a professor she has an affair with. An exploration of female identity in an age when the old definitions - as some man's daughter/wife/mother - no longer apply, fuelled with eroticism and a sense of menace.

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The dazzling debut of Siri Hustvedt, author of the international bestseller WHAT I LOVED.

About the Author

Siri Hustvedt's first novel, The Blindfold, was published by Sceptre in 1993 and has since been translated into eight foreign languages. She is the author of a book of poetry, Reading To You, and her work has been published in The Paris Review, Fiction, and The Best American Short Stories. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Iris Vegan, a graduate student from the Midwest, finds herself in a web of bizarre circumstances and urban characters when she attends Columbia University. Iris initially accepts a role in the unbalanced lives of others hoping to find some semblance of her own personal identity. She soon discovers, however, the high cost of living blindly outside one's own reality. Hustvedt's powerful metaphors and haunting descriptions combine to make this a striking first novel that deserves public attention. In fact, two chapters were selected for inclusion in Best American Short Stories, 1990 and 1991 . If you neglect this novel because its plot sounds familiar, you will miss some of the most heartfelt and profound writing today.-- David A. Berona, Westbrook Coll. Lib., Portland, Me.

'A complex exploration of the nature of the self, executed in polished and immediate prose' -- The Times 'It has vivid and compelling characters; it is scary, sinister and readable ... a very smart novel' -- Independent 'A work of dizzying intensity ... an intriguing and sure-handed debut by a writer of eloquent and vivid disposition' -- Don DeLillo 'A dark mesmerising debut' -- Independent on Sunday 'A harsh, dark, dangerous piece of prose ... the whole resonates with shocking force' -- Vogue 'Her descriptions of the city and its manners are as amusing and polished as those of a practised essayist' -- Observer

EAN: 9780340581230
ISBN: 0340581239
Publisher: Sceptre
Dimensions: 20 x 14.1 x 1.5 centimetres (0.16 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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