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A Plea For Eros

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781444719581

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A stunning collection of essays by the author of WHAT I LOVED, in which she addresses many of the themes explored in her novels – identity, sexual attraction, relationships, family, mental illness, the power of the imagination, a sense of belonging and mortality. In three cases, she focuses on the novels of other writers – Dickens, James and Fitzgerald. She also refers to her own novels, affording an unusual insight into their creation. Whatever her topic, her approach is unaffected, intimate and conversational, inviting us both to share her thoughts and reflect on our own views and ideas.


She strides across these pages: a 6ft tall Amazonian New Yorker . . . by whom we are at once riveted and faintly disconcerted . . . Hustvedt is a lucid writer, whose spare, elegant prose wears lightly its eclectic reference points.
Thoughtful, sensuous essays . . . her enthusiasms are oddly infectious
Daily Telegraph
A luminous collection of mind-expanding pieces on literary and philosophical themes . . . A book to renew one's faith in the literary essay
Robert McCrum, Observer
An intellectual, emotional and elegantly written collection that leaves the reader with plenty to ponder . . . Her passion for language and literature makes the prose leap from the page . . . Hustvedt is, quite simply, an extraordinary literary talent. Read it, ponder it, then go read it again