Memories of the Future (Hardback)Siri Hustvedt (author)
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Daringly inventive in form and subject, Siri Hustvedt’s seventh novel is a flight of superb imagination. Carrying echoes of Hustvedt’s own life, the novel follows a young woman as she attempts to find her identity and her voice amidst the noise of New York. Facing, head on, the challenges of Trump-era America and pulling at the narrative threads of sexual expression and economic freedom, it is writing to savour.
A provocative, wildly funny, intellectually rigorous and engrossing novel, punctuated by Siri Hustvedt's own illustrations - a tour de force by one of America's most acclaimed and beloved writers.
Fresh from Minnesota and hungry for all New York has to offer, twenty-three-year-old S.H. embarks on a year that proves both exhilarating and frightening - from bruising encounters with men to the increasingly ominous monologues of the woman next door.
Forty years on, those pivotal months come back to vibrant life when S.H. discovers the notebook in which she recorded her adventures alongside drafts of a novel. Measuring what she remembers against what she wrote, she regards her younger self with curiosity and often amusement. Anger too, for how much has really changed in a world where the female presidential candidate is called an abomination?
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 546 g
Dimensions: 242 x 162 x 33 mm
'A brainy and always interesting tale of a writer's sexual and intellectual formation. ' -The Mail
'Charming, intelligent, puzzling' - The Sunday Times
'The book is narrated with a crisp, professional tone, which risks coming across more life cultural critique than fiction.' - The Guardian
'Reading a Hustvedt novel is like consuming the best of David Lynch on repeat..eerie.' - The Financial Times
'Hustvedt has the imaginative mastery to encase complex ideas in the flesh and flood needed to render them visceral.' - The Observer
'The reader has simply to play along, enjoying the deft arid elegant writing while appreciating Hustvedt's timely exploration of questions about authenticity, memory and demarcations of literary genre... Writing with the swing and energy of a Parisian prose poet, Huswedt re-creates her younger self an eager New York City flaneuse... Gender politics is what gives this book its energy... Her style is elegant and pragmatic. She deftly masters postmodern fictional techniques while also tapping into the broader liberal humanist tradition and placing feminism in that context. She's a 21st-century Virginia Woolf, with many intellectual and creative rooms of her own - including a delightful talent for drawing cartoons, a host of which appear throughout her book.' - Carol Rumens, The Literary Review
'Among the many riches of Siri Hustvedt's portrait of a young woman finding her way as an artist are her reflections on how acts of remembering, if they reach deep enough, can heal the broken present, as well as on the inherent uncanniness of feeling oneself brought into being by the writing hand. Her reflections are no less profound for being couched as philosophical comedy of a Shandean variety.' - J. M. Coetzee
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