The Book of Illusions

The Book of Illusions

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A NATIONAL BESTSELLER A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW NOTABLE BOOK Six months after losing his wife and two young sons, Vermont Professor David Zimmer spends his waking hours mired in a blur of alcoholic grief and self-pity. One night, he stumbles upon a clip from a lost film by silent comedian Hector Mann. His interest is piqued, and he soon finds himself embarking on a journey around the world to research a book on this mysterious figure, who vanished from sight in 1929. When the book is published the following year, a letter turns up in Zimmer's mailbox bearing a return address from a small town in New Mexico inviting him to meet Hector. Zimmer hesitates, until one night a strange woman appears on his doorstep and makes the decision for him, changing his life more

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  • Paperback | 321 pages
  • 138 x 206 x 24mm | 299.37g
  • St Martin's Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0312429010
  • 9780312429010
  • 452,165

About Paul Auster

PAUL AUSTER is the bestselling author of Travels in the Scriptorium, Oracle Night, and Man in the Dark, among many other works. I Thought My Father Was God, the NPR National Story Project Anthology, which he edited, was also a national bestseller. His work has been translated into more than thirty-five languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New more

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" A nearly flawless work, and is the best argument among many that Auster will be remembered as one of the great writers of our time." -- "San Francisco Chronicle" " Mr. Auster' s elegant, finely calibrated "The Book of Illusions" is a haunting feat of intellectual gamesmanship...Hector is an inspired creation...more immediate than many flesh-and-blood actors." -- "The New York Times" " One of his finest [novels]: 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...gripping and immensely satisfying." -- "Publishers Weekly" (starred review) " An older and wiser Auster has added a new ingredient to the metaphysical play and deft storytelling, a sadness that colors all illusion, that creates a stunningly moving and very real portrait of a man over-marked by death....It is a story of unspeakable grief told with virtuousic brilliance, which Auster finally brings safely to Earth with a very human simplicity." -- "Los Angeles Times"show more