As well as being a prize-winning novelist, Siri Hustvedt is highly regarded for her insights in the fields of neurology, feminism, art criticism and philosophy. Believing passionately that the arts and sciences are too often kept separate, she draws on both in this trailblazing and inspiring collection of essays on the human condition.
In the first part, Hustvedt focuses on artists and writers such as Louise Bourgeois and Karl Ove Knausgaard, and investigates the biases that affect the way we judge art, literature, and the world in general. The second part is an essay on the mind/body problem, showing how this old philosophical puzzle remains unresolved and continues to shape many contemporary debates. The final section concentrates on psychology and philosophy, including pieces on such elusive neurological disorders as hysteria, a profound consideration of suicide and a towering reconsideration of Kierkegaard.
Written from a personal perspective and with Hustvedt’s customary lucidity, vivacity and infectiously questioning intelligence, these wide ranging, cross-disciplinary essays invite us to open our minds, cast away received wisdom, and view human nature in a fascinating and invigorating new light.
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