Search Results: "Paul Auster"


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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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TRAVELS IN THE SCRIPTORIUM by Paul Auster
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Though some will find that the illumination within the final three pages justifies the existential tedium preceding it, others will agree with Mr. Blank, who is 'not the least bit amused' and wonders, 'When is this nonsense going to end?'"
Rarely has a novelist pulled the strings of his puppetry more transparently, as ardent fans may find this meta-fictional fable profound, while others may dismiss it as a literary parlor trick. 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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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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MAN IN THE DARK by Paul Auster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2008

"Probably Auster's best novel, and a plaintive summa of all the books that—we now see—have gone into its making."
The "parallel worlds" visited and occupied by an aging intellectual's troubled mind and heart assume intriguing metafictional form in Auster's challenging novel. 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 >

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Released: Jan. 20, 1987

"Then, however, murky psycho-philosophical dynamics—Camus manque—take over, much as they did in Ghosts. (The apparently autobiographical narrator says of the trilogy: 'These three stories are finally the same story, but each one represents a different stage in my awareness of what it is about.')"
The first two volumes of Auster's "New York Trilogy"—City of Glass (1985) and Ghosts (1986)—used mystery-fiction formulas as the basis for avant-garde explorations of identity crisis, death wish, and other existential traumas. 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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Released: Dec. 4, 1992

"Auster's 'eccentric and peculiar tastes' cohere, in these critical pieces, into something much more than his modest claim that he's 'simply one writer trying to talk about others."
Thirty Auster essays, reviews, prefaces, and interviews, nearly all of which have been previously published in small literary magazines or The New York Review of Books. Read full book review >

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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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THE BOOK OF ILLUSIONS by Paul Auster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2002

"In many ways, a summa of Auster's entire oeuvre, and a gripping and immensely satisfying novel in its own right."
Auster's tenth novel is one of his finest: an elegant meditation on the question of whether an artist or his public "owns" the work he creates, and a thickly plotted succession of interlocking mysteries reminiscent of his highly praised New York Trilogy (The Locked Room, 1986, etc.). Read full book review >