‘An exhilarating, shape-shifting exploration of the perilous boundaries between art and life’ JENNY OFFILL
‘An incredible book, the best work of criticism I have read in a very long time‘ NICK HORNBY
‘Wise and bold and full of the kind of gravitas that might even rub off’ LISA TADDEO
A passionate, provocative and blisteringly smart interrogation of how we experience art in the age of #MeToo, and whether we can separate an artist’s work from their biography.
What do we do with the art of monstrous men? Can we love the work of Roman Polanski and Michael Jackson, Hemingway and Picasso? Should we love it? Does genius deserve special dispensation? What makes women artists monstrous? And what should we do with beauty, and with our unruly feelings about it?
Claire Dederer explores these questions and our relationships with the artists whose behaviour disrupts our ability to understand the work on its own terms. She interrogates her own responses and behaviour, and she pushes the fan, and the reader, to do the same. Morally wise, deeply considered and sharply written, Monsters gets to the heart of one of our most pressing conversations.
‘A blisteringly erudite and entertaining read . . . It’s a book that deserves to be widely read and will provoke many conversations’ NATHAN FILER
‘Fascinating . . . Dederer poses so many topical questions, plays with so many pertinent ideas, that I’m still thinking about this book long after I finished it’ CLAIRE FULLER