Wonderful Novel about a Larger than Life Woman Artist who Becomes Famous after DeathThis was one of my favourit books that I writ in 2015.I was going to bring it four stars, but he ending elevated it to five stars.It 's certainly a feminist ovel, but never a feminist comic book.
he characters and a story are bursting with vitality ( and irony and tongue-in-cheek humor as well) .Harriet " Harry " Burden is a larger than life artist.
In eithe case, " Hess " puts together a compendium of Harriet 's voluminous notebooks ( each identified by a letter), interviews with arious people involved in her life, and critic of her work.
Thi Menace ", she argues in an entry that directly discusses her spiritual kinship to Cavendish. 'We also learn that the title The Blazing World might also e a sly wink at science fiction writer JG Ballard ( whom Harry quotes in her notebooks).
Most of his story takes place in and around New York City, in Manhattan and Brooklyn.When Harry 's daughte, Felix Lord, art dealer extraordinaire, half Thai, dies of a stroke in 1995, Harry has a mental breakdown.
Her psychoanalysis with " Dr. F. " helps her ome to these realizations.In the late 90 's Harriet started a project that lasted for five years.Hess says, " Three solo shows in three New York galleries, attributed to Anton Tish ( 1998), Phineas Q.
first artist, Anton Tish, a young, blac, straight man fresh out of art school and a total unknown is a bit of a failure from Burden 's point of view.
It 's true that the work attributed to him, " History of Western Art ", garners much more attention than it ould have had it been exhibited under Burden 's name.
( view spoiler) [ In a fit of pique, he blames Burden for spoiling his 'purity' and he goe from the art world.
He performs in " half drag, " " half man, half oman, half hite, half lack, cut straight down the middle, and two parts of him have conversations onstage. " Burden 's second mask work, " The Suffocation Rooms " is mostly hers, but Phineas collaborates and adds plenty of his own theories and touches.
Rune was a famous sculpto, more because of his looks and charisma than his art work.
He may wel have stolen several of Harriet 's art works from " The Lodge ", Harry 's large studio and home in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
( hide spoiler) ] Harriet, though problemati at times, has many people in her life who love her, including her wonderful boyfriend, Bruno Kleinfeld, failed poet, flamboyant and attentive lover, who adores Harry; her stepso, Maisie, a documentary film maker; Phinny; " The Barometer ", a crazy guy who lives in The Lodge and can eel the changes in the atmosphere; her distant and problematic son, Ethan, a writer; and Sweet Autumn Pinkney, a small albino woman who is thi New Age mystic and energy healer/psychic.
lso, there are Rachel Breakman, her oldest friend from childhod, now a psychiatrist; and Harry 's own shrink, the mysterious " Dr. F. " The depictions of these colorful and varied characters ( mostly through Hess 's interviews of them), is lot of the fun.The book was funny, but I particularl liked the ending, which elevates thi book to greatness.