The Upside-Down World: Meetings with the Dutch Masters

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About the Author

Benjamin Moser is the author of Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics' Circle Award and a New York Times Notable Book. For his work bringing Clarice Lispector to international prominence, he received Brazil's first State Prize for Cultural Diplomacy. He has published translations from French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Dutch. A former books columnist for Harper's Magazine and the New York Times Book Review, he has also written for the New Yorker, Conde Nast Traveler, and the New York Review of Books.


Benjamin Moser's fascinating study of Dutch art and artists is more than the sum of its extraordinary parts. Part memoir, part critical and historical analysis, the book also offers a superb commentary--one of the best I've ever read--on what it means to be displaced in a never entirely whole world, and what it means to see between the cracks. I learned so much reading this fine book, and so will you.--Hilton Als, author of White Girls
The most agreeable of companions in his encompassing yet highly personal tour of the Golden Age of Dutch painting, Benjamin Moser delivers fresh insights that will delight the expert and the casual museum-goer alike, in prose as precise and intimate as a Vermeer--and as luminous.--Jim Holt, author of Why Does the World Exist?
I always dreamed of living in the rooms of my favorite paintings. Finally! A book that animates these rooms, their light, the people in them--that evokes their character and emotions and places them in the context of their culture. Profound and intensely alive, Benjamin Moser's writing describes these artists as living beings and brings to life their works of art, connecting his own life as a writer to deep insights into the meaning of art.--Laurie Anderson