The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt

A gifted artist, Harriet Burden, frustrated by the lack of recognition she receives due to her gender, conducts an experiment where she presents her work under the guise of three male fronts. Her plan backfires when the third front, Rune, refuses to admit that the work was not his own. After Rune's sudden death, Burden reveals her experiment, but is met with skepticism and scorn. The novel explores themes such as gender bias in the art world, identity, perception, and the nature of art itself.

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Total Points: 48

Since this book was first published in 2014, there is a penalty of 64.0%. The age adjusted score is 17.28.

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