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Mothers, Fathers, and Others

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Genre: Literature & Literary Studies / Prose: Non-fiction / Literary Essays

‘It is Hustvedt’s gift to write with exemplary clarity of what is by necessity unclear.’ Hilary Mantel, Guardian

Feminist philosophy meets family memoir in a fresh essay collection by the award-winning essayist and novelist Siri Hustvedt, author of the bestselling What I Loved and Booker Prize-longlisted The Blazing World.

Siri Hustvedt’s relentlessly curious mind and expansive intellect are on full display in this stunning new collection of essays, whose subjects range from the nature of memory and time to what we inherit from our parents, the power of art during tragedy, misogyny, motherhood, neuroscience, and the books we turn to during a pandemic. Drawing on family history as well as her own life and experiences, she examines the porousness of borders of all kinds in a masterful intellectual journey that is at once personal and universal. Ultimately, Mothers, Fathers, and Others reminds us that the boundaries we take for granted-between ourselves and others, between art and viewer-are far less stable than we imagine.

(P) 2021 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Reviews

In [this] new collection of essays . . . Siri Hustvedt takes feminist discourse to a new level . . . Mothers, Fathers and Others is a powerful collection with an impressive variety of disciplines through whose prism the themes of art, motherhood, neuroscience, misogyny and sex are revealed. It is an engaging and educational read that makes a valuable contribution to contemporary feminist discourse.
Elizaveta Kolesova, The Upcoming
This new collection of essays, happily, is one of her most accessible, ranging from memories of her mother to essays on the pandemic.
A Little Bird
American novelist and feminist philosopher Siri Hustvedt is a wonderful essayist, equally at ease discussing the thoughts of Plato or the lyrics of Tom Waits. Her new collection is replete with personal history and recollection, and sparkles with small descriptive gems.
Martin Chilton, Independent
This loose, discursive essay collection spans memoir, literary criticism, feminist philosophy and science. The autobiographical essays are the finest; in precise yet luxuriant prose Hustvedt uses her family history to explore questions of memory and identity.
New Statesman