A Plea For Eros
by Hustvedt, Siri | Fiction & related items
Paperback | 240 pages, One b/w
FROM THE INTERNATIONALLY BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF WHAT I LOVED AND A WOMAN LOOKING AT MEN LOOKING AT WOMEN’A luminous collection of mind-expanding pieces on literary and philosophical themes . . . A book to renew one’s faith in the literary essay’ Robert McCrum, Observer’Thoughtful, sensuous essays . . . her enthusiasms are oddly infectious’ Daily Telegraph
In this illuminating and absorbing collection of essays, Siri Hustvedt explores many of the themes that preoccupy her novels: identity and memory, sexuality and mortality, psychology, love and the power of imagination. But here she offers her personal experience – as daughter, sister, mother and wife, student, reader and writer – to illustrate fundamental aspects of our lives as individuals and social beings in the modern world. She draws, too, on the work of Henry James, F Scott Fitzgerald and Charles Dickens, probing their insights into human nature.
Wise, honest and luminously intelligent, this is a book that invites us to look afresh at ourselves and the universe we inhabit.
‘One of the most talented voices in contemporary fiction . . . Hustvedt brings the same visual power, sensuality and intelligence to her collection of essays’ Los Angeles Times Book Review
PRAISE FOR SIRI HUSTVEDT:’Hustvedt is that rare artist, a writer of high intelligence, profound sensuality and a less easily definable capacity for which the only word I can find is wisdom’ Salman Rushdie’It is Hustvedt’s gift to write with exemplary clarity of what is by necessity unclear’ Hilary Mantel’Her novels have received a deserved acclaim. But to my mind, she is even more to be admired as an essayist . . . in this regard I feel that she resembles Virginia Woolf ‘ Observer’Few contemporary writers are as satisfying and stimulating to read as Siri Hustvedt’ Washington Post