In a trilogy of works brought together in a single volume, Siri Hustvedt demonstrates the striking range and depth of her knowledge in both the humanities and sciences. Armed with passionate curiosity, a sense of humor, and insights from many disciplines, she repeatedly upends received ideas and cultural truisms.
From the internationally bestselling author, praised for her “beguiling, lyrical prose” (The Sunday Times Review, UK), comes a brilliant, provocative novel about an artist, Harriet Burden, who after years of being ignored by the art world conducts an experiment: she conceals her female identity behind three male fronts.
The introduction for Jane Austen's Persuasion.
How can we understand that a parochial racist and misogynist, a man in a recording has bragged that he regularly abuses on women, a man with no political experience, a man who has brought a fraudulent business practices, a man who has made fun of a disabled journalist, a man known for never having read a book in his life, has been lifted into the presidential seat in the US?