A Plea for Eros, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


A stunning collection of essays by the author of WHAT I LOVED, in which she addresses many of the themes explored in her novels - identity, sexual attraction, relationships, family, mental illness, the power of the imagination, a sense of belonging and mortality.

In three cases, she focuses on the novels of other writers - Dickens, James and Fitzgerald.

She also refers to her own novels, affording an unusual insight into their creation.

Whatever her topic, her approach is unaffected, intimate and conversational, inviting us both to share her thoughts and reflect on our own views and ideas.




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The essays that I truly enjoyed are worth 5 stars, but Hustvedt's elaborate essays on Dickens and James are more suited for afficionados. The rest of the collection is magnificent, warm, inclusive, wise, and exciting, proving that Siri Hustvedt is not only a brilliant novelist, but a truly decent human being.