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'A masterpiece.' Daily Mail

'Absorbing and immersive . . . the author's greatest novel.' FT


On March 3rd, 1947, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born. From that single beginning, Ferguson's life will take four simultaneous but entirely different paths. Family fortunes diverge. Loves and friendships and passions contrast. Each version of Ferguson's story rushes across the fractured terrain of mid-twentieth century America, in this sweeping story of birthright and possibility, of love and the fullness of life itself.

'Remarkable . . . A novel that contains multitudes.' New York Times

'A vast portrait of the turbulent mid-20th century . . . wonderfully, vividly conveyed.' New Statesman
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Product details

  • Paperback | 1088 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 45mm | 763g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 0571324657
  • 9780571324651
  • 86,693

About Paul Auster

Paul Auster is the bestselling author of Winter Journal, Sunset Park, Man in the Dark, The Brooklyn Follies, The Book of Illusions and The New York Trilogy, among many other works. In 2006 he was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature and inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Among his other honours are the Independent Spirit Award for the screenplay of Smoke and the Prix Medicis Etranger for Leviathan. He has also been shortlisted for both the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (The Book of Illusions) and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction (The Music of Chance). His work has been translated into more than forty languages.

He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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21,971 ratings
3.87 out of 5 stars
5 34% (7,428)
4 35% (7,606)
3 20% (4,417)
2 8% (1,764)
1 3% (756)
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