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Siri Hustvedt: Mothers, Fathers and Others


This event is available on demand from 6.30pm AEDT, Tuesday 7 December until 5pm AEDT, Tuesday 14 December 2021.

‘Remember this: the world loves powerful men and hates powerful women. I know. Believe me, I know. The world will punish you, but you must hold fast.’

Across seven novels and five collections of essays, Siri Hustvedt has often devoted her thinking to delineating differing states of being, particularly those of men and women. In her new essay collection, the moving, funny, and sharply considered Mothers, Fathers and Others, she sets about complicating this task, reminding us that the boundaries we take for granted are far less fixed than we often expect. Hustvedt playfully invites readers to reconsider categories such as self and other, art and viewer, nature and nurture. Do they exist at all? Might our fixation with them be leading us into personal, political and philosophical strife?

In this conversation, hosted by Tali Lavi, Hustvedt will explore the ways being alive means re-evaluating our relationships with art, science, family, and with the world around us.

The online bookseller for this event is Hill of Content

This event takes place online and is available on demand from Tuesday 7 December  6.30pm AEDT, until Tuesday 14 December 5pm AEDT.

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Siri Hustvedt

Siri Hustvedt is the author of seven novels including the international besteller What I Loved, The Blazing World, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, and Memories of the Future, as well as five collections of essays: Yonder, Mysteries... Read more

Tali Lavi

Tali Lavi is a critic, writer and public interviewer whose work has appeared in Australian Book Review, The Saturday Paper and Sydney Review of Books amongst others. ‘Counting’, an essay, was published in Marina Benjamin’s Garden Among Fires: A Lockdown Anthology. Tali has interv... Read more

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