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Iris Vegan, a graduate student living alone and impoverished in New York, encounters four strong characters who fascinate and in different ways subordinate her: an inscrutable urban recluse who employs her to record the possessions of a murdered woman; a photographer whose eerie portrait of Iris takes on a life of its own; an old woman in hospital who tries to claim a remnant of the ailing Iris; and a professor she has an affair with. An exploration of female identity in an age when the old definitions - as some man's daughter/wife/mother - no longer apply, fuelled with eroticism and a sense of menace.
Siri Hustvedt's first novel, The Blindfold, was published by Sceptre in 1993 and has since been translated into eight foreign languages. She is the author of a book of poetry, Reading To You, and her work has been published in The Paris Review, Fiction, and The Best American Short Stories. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.