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Yonder: Essays

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Sparkling essays on a variety of subjects--literature, art, popular culture, autobiography--by a renowned young American novelist.

In her brilliant and daring novels The Blindfold and The Enchantment of Lily Dahl, Siri Hustvedt has won critical acclaim and a rapidly expanding international audience. But she is also a wide-ranging essayist and critic, frequently reexamining
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published May 15th 1998 by Henry Holt and Co.
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Hustvedt ponders the meaning of yonder – "The place of reading is a kind of yonder world, a place that is neither here nor there but made up of the bits and pieces of experience in every sense, both real and fictional, two categories that become harder to separate the more you think about them." – beautifully, traveling to Northfield, Minnesota, Norway, NYC, and her family’s past (Siri’s “private geography”). She ruminates on the reliability of memory, what you remember isn’t the same as I remem ...more
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Initial note: 3 of the 6 pieces in this volume are already part of the 12-essay collection "A Plea for Eros", which I have previously reviewed (the duplicates are "Yonder", A Plea" and "Gatsby's Glasses.) Siri Hustvedt doesn't disappoint. In fact reading her this morning lifted my spirits, offering a much-needed respite from my life. In "Ghosts at the Table" she takes a fascinating look at the art form of still life and the role of the spectator, with particular focus on Chardin and Cotan (who s ...more
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I love the ways this author looks at paintings. And memories. And articulates how, when we read, we visualize a book, and it is those images we remember, not the words so much. Even so, I want to write down the sentences that move me or I am connected to in some way. I know I will not remember the quotations. And that, even, there will be a day when I am looking through my journal and come across the words again, I might wonder, "Now, why did I write that down?" I love the exploration she takes ...more
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Hustvedt was born in Northfield, Minnesota. Her father Lloyd Hustvedt was a professor of Scandinavian literature, and her mother Ester Vegan emigrated from Norway at the age of thirty. She holds a B.A. in history from St. Olaf College and a Ph.D. in English from Columbia University; her thesis on Charles Dickens was entitled Figures of Dust: A Reading of Our Mutual Friend.

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