The Blindfold

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The Blindfold

By Siri Hustvedt

Picador USA, Paperback, 9780312422752, 224pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2003


Iris Vegan, a young, impoverished graduate student from the Midwest, finds herself entangled with four powerful but threatening characters as she tries to adjust to life in New York City. Mr. Morning, an inscrutable urban recluse, employs Iris to tape-record verbal descriptions of objects that belonged to a murder victim. George, a photographer, takes an eerie portrait of Iris, which then acquires a strange life of its own, appearing and disappearing without warning around the city. After a series of blinding migraines, Iris ends up in a hospital room with Mrs. O., a woman who has lost her mind and memory to a stroke, but who nevertheless retains both the strength and energy to torment her fellow patient. And finally, there is Professor Rose, Iris's teacher and eventually her lover. While working with him on the translation of a German novella called "The Brutal Boy," she discovers in its protagonist, Klaus, a vehicle for her own transformation and ventures out into the city again--this time dressed as a man.

About the Author
Siri Hustvedt was born in 1955 in Northfield, Minnesota. She has a Ph.D. from Columbia University in English literature and is the internationally acclaimed author of five novels, "The Sorrows of an American", "What I Loved", "The Enchantment of Lily Dahl", "The Blindfold", and "The Summer Without Men", as well as a growing body of nonfiction, including "Living, Thinking, Looking", "A Plea for Eros", " "and "Mysteries of the Rectangle", " "and an interdisciplinary investigation of the body and mind in "The Shaking Woman or A History of My Nerves. "She has given lectures on artists and theories of art at the Prado, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. In 2011, she delivered the thirty-ninth annual Freud Lecture in Vienna. She lives in Brooklyn.

Praise For The Blindfold

"This is a work of dizzying intensity. . .eloquent and vivid." --Don DeLillo, author of Underworld

"[The Blindfold] attests to Ms. Hustvedt’s thoroughly original style and her lucid contemporary voice. . .the announcement of a talented writer’s arrival." --Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"The Blindfold is a seamless piece of work--a haunting odyssey of annihilation and resurrection carved by an expert storyteller." --San Francisco Chronicle