Born in Minnesota to parents of Norwegian origin, Hustvedt earned a Phd. in English Literature from Columbia University, but she abandoned the academic career to dedicate herself to writing. In the Nineties she published several poems and short stories in notable literary magazines such as “The Paris Review” and “Fiction”, in addition to her first novels The Blindfold, 1992 and The Enchantment of Lily Dahl, 1996. In 2003 she came into the public eye with What I loved, published in Italy by Einaudi like her following works: The Sorrows of an American, 2008 (Elegia per un Americano, 2009), The Summer Without Men, 2011 (L'estate senza uomini, 2012), The Blazing World, 2014 (Il mondo sfolgorante, 2015). Interested to art and science, as a discreet explorer of human mind, Siri Hustvedt has written also several essays: Mysteries of the Rectangle: Essays on Painting (2005), A Plea for Eros (2005), The Shaking Woman or A History of My Nerves, 2009, Living, Thinking, Looking, 2012. In 2012 she was awarded the International Gabarron Prize for Thought and Human Sciences. She lives in Brooklin with her husband, the writer Paul Auster.