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The Blindfold

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781444719567

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Iris Vegan, a graduate student living alone and impoverished in New York, encounters four strong characters who fascinate and in different ways subordinate her: an inscrutable urban recluse who employs her to record the possessions of a murdered woman; a photographer whose eerie portrait of Iris takes on a life of its own; an old woman in hospital who tries to claim a remnant of the ailing Iris; and a professor she has an affair with. An exploration of female identity in an age when the old definitions – as some man’s daughter/wife/mother – no longer apply, fuelled with eroticism and a sense of menace.


Gripping . . . A complex exploration of the nature of the self, executed in polished and immediate prose
The Times
It has vivid and compelling characters; it is scary, sinister and readable . . . a very smart novel
Brilliant . . . A dark, mesmerising debut
Independent on Sunday
Hustvedt has pulled off nothing less than a re-mapping of the modern feminist psyche . . . The quality and spareness of her prose, the intensity of her imagination, are at work on one of the most macabre terrains of the 20th century - New York
Daily Telegraph
A harsh, dark, dangerous piece of prose . . . Sharply readable, quirky and entertaining in its witty observation of student and city life, but the whole resonates with shocking force
A work of dizzying intensity . . . an intriguing and sure-handed debut by a writer of eloquent and vivid disposition
Don DeLillo
Sexy without being steamy, intelligent without being complicated
New Statesman