REISSUED AS A SCEPTRE 30TH CLASSIC, with a new afterword by the author
In 1975 art historian Leo Hertzberg discovers an extraordinary painting by an unknown artist in a New York gallery. He buys the work, tracks down its creator, Bill Weschler, and the two men embark on a life-long friendship.
This is the story of their intense and troubled relationship, of the women in their lives and their work, of art and hysteria, love and seduction and their sons - born the same year but whose lives take very different paths.
'Defiantly complex and frequently dazzling' Sunday Times
'A love story with the grip and suspense of a thriller.' - Times Literary Supplement
Breathtaking - James Urquhart, Independent
A love story with the grip and suspense of a thriller. It makes you ponder human existence with a peculiar mixture of stoicism and wonder. - Noonie Minogue, Times Literary Supplement
Defiantly complex and frequently dazzling ... she has created a conceptually exciting work that demands we think, but which still allows us room to feel. - Alex Clark, Sunday Times
Substantial, moving and beautifully written - Christian House, Independent on Sunday
A big, wide, sensuous novel - clever, sinister, yet attractively real - Julie Myerson, Guardian
A consummately intelligent novel, highly literate but also intensely moving. - Jackie McGlone, Scotsman
Riveting ... erudite and immensely detailed ... a rich, densely textured and utterly absorbing novel - Lesley Glaister
Subtle, compassionate, wise, and supremely intelligent, it's a striking achievement. - Kieron Corless, Time Out
Siri Hustvedt is the author of seven novels including the international besteller What I Loved, The Blazing World, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, and Memories of the Future, as well as five collections of essays: Yonder, Mysteries of the Rectangle: Essays on Painting, A Plea for Eros, Living, Thinking, Looking and A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women. She has also published a poetry collection, Reading To You, and the memoir The Shaking Woman or A History of My Nerves.
Hustvedt has won the International Gabarron Prize for Thought and Humanities and the European Essay Prize for her essay The Delusions of Certainty. She is a Lecturer in Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and has written on art for the New York Times and the Daily Telegraph. Born in Minnesota, Siri Hustvedt lives in Brooklyn, New York.