Search Results: "Paul Auster"


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CITY OF GLASS by Paul Auster
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 14, 1985

"Rather heady stuff for mystery fans, but a delight for students of experimental fiction."
In this fast-paced thriller, poet and essayist Auster transforms a conventional detective story into a post-modern theoretical diversion, without sacrificing intrigue or readability. Read full book review >

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MR. VERTIGO by Paul Auster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Disappointing."
Auster (Leviathan, 1992, etc.) departs from his usual cerebral fiction for this quick trip into Doctorow Land — a mytho-historical tale that invokes the American '20s, complete with glamorous gangsters and legendary sports stars. Read full book review >

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IN THE COUNTRY OF LAST THINGS by Paul Auster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1986

"A stunning achievement."
Auster here turns from the metafictional playfulness of his recent detective yarns (City of Glass, 1985, and Ghosts, p. 822), and offers a spare and chilling account of a civilization in decay It's a post-apocalyptic vision of urban holocaust that bears witness to past, present, and future devastations. Read full book review >

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LEVIATHAN by Paul Auster
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"In a world thrown off-balance by uncertainty and chance, he pursues facts with the determination of a hard-nosed detective."
With each new work, Auster (Moon Palace, The Music of Chance, etc.) is quickly becoming our preeminent novelist of ideas—a postmodern fabulator who grounds his odd and challenging fictions in conventional and accessible narrative structures. Read full book review >

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4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"With this novel, Auster reminds us that not just life, but also narrative is always conditional, that it only appears inevitable after the fact."
Four versions of an ordinary life. Read full book review >

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SUNSET PARK by Paul Auster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"Sure to please Auster fans and likely to attract new readers as well."
With a plot that encompasses war in the Middle East, economic recession and the perils of the publishing industry, a contemporary vitality distinguishes the latest from the veteran author. Read full book review >

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ORACLE NIGHT by Paul Auster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

"The urban intellectual thriller is Auster's game, but he played it to superior effect in The Book of Illusions (2002). Oracle Night, fascinating as it is, is a lesser performance."
A blocked novelist lives through a labyrinthine challenge to his artistic conviction that "[t]here was no connection between imagination and reality," in Auster's teasing, tricky 11th novel. Read full book review >

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TIMBUKTU by Paul Auster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

"Shockingly bad, especially for someone of Auster's stature."
A slender doggy tale from Auster, who lately seems more concerned with providing product (and making movies) than matching the high standards of his earlier literary work (for example, Leviathan, 1992). Read full book review >

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THE BROOKLYN FOLLIES by Paul Auster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2005

"An egregious misstep in an otherwise estimable career."
A retired insurance salesman returns to his native Brooklyn to die—and is instead recalled to life—in Auster's uncharacteristically upbeat 12th novel (Oracle Night, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >

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REPORT FROM THE INTERIOR by Paul Auster
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 19, 2013

"Auster has long rendered life as something of a puzzle; here are some significant, illuminating pieces."
The interplay of memory, identity and the creative imagination informs this portrait of the artist as a young man, a memoir that the novelist's avid readership will find particularly compelling. Read full book review >

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WINTER JOURNAL by Paul Auster
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"A consummate professional explores the attic of his life, converting rumination to art."
The acclaimed novelist (Sunset Park, 2010, etc.), now 65, writes affectingly about his body, family, lovers, travels and residences as he enters what he calls the winter of his life. Read full book review >

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INVISIBLE by Paul Auster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2009

"Auster writes of 'the obsessive story that has wormed its way into your soul and become an integral part of your being.' This is that story."
Many readers familiar with the work of Paul Auster consider him to be one of the most profound and provocative of contemporary novelists, a literary magician, a master of making fiction about the art—or the sleight-of-hand illusion—of making fiction. Read full book review >