|*Author: Auster, Paul *Publication Date: 2010/06/22 *Number of Pages: 308 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.50|
|From the Publisher:
“One of America’s greatest novelists” dazzlingly reinvents the coming-of-age story in his most passionate and surprising book to date
Sinuously constructed in four interlocking parts, Paul Auster’s fifteenth novel opens in New York City in the spring of 1967, when twenty-year-old Adam Walker, an aspiring poet and student at Columbia University, meets the enigmatic Frenchman Rudolf Born and his silent and seductive girfriend, Margot. Before long, Walker finds himself caught in a perverse triangle that leads to a sudden, shocking act of violence that will alter the course of his life.
Three different narrators tell the story of Invisible, a novel that travels in time from 1967 to 2007 and moves from Morningside Heights, to the Left Bank of Paris, to a remote island in the Caribbean. It is a book of youthful rage, unbridled sexual hunger, and a relentless quest for justice. With uncompromising insight, Auster takes us into the shadowy borderland between truth and memory, between authorship and identity, to produce a work of unforgettable power that confirms his reputation as “one of America’s most spectacularly inventive writers.”
Paul Auster continues his career-long obsession with the interplay between fiction, reality, memory, and identity in INVISIBLE, the story of a young would-be poet at Columbia University who becomes caught up in the life of an enigmatic French intellectual and his ravishing girlfriend. Told alternately in the first, second, and third person, the novel is simultaneously a story of passion, murder, and revenge as well as a meditation on narrative and meaning. Selected by the New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of 2009.
Auster grew up in Newark, the product of an unhappy, mismatched marriage. As a boy, he was addicted to Mad Magazine and was also a voracious reader. He usually spent his summers working in his uncle Moe's appliance store, but the summer after he graduated from high school he traveled in Europe, working on a novel. After earning his B.A. and M.A. from Columbia University, he returned to Europe, living in France, translating the works of French writers (as well as the North Vietnamese Constitution) and also beginning to publish his own work in American journals. He married a writer, Lydia Davis, with whom he had one child and then divorced. In 1981, he married novelist Siri Hustvedt, with whom he had two children, and in 1985 his first novel, CITY OF GLASS, was published by Sun & Moon Press after 17 rejections--it was the first in the series of three experimental quasi-detective stories now known as THE NEW YORK TRILOGY. Auster has continued to write and publish critically acclaimed fiction and poetry, as well as an autobiography. He has also been involved in filmmaking: his novel THE MUSIC OF CHANCE was made into a movie in 1993, and the films SMOKE and BLUE IN THE FACE, based on his scripts, were released in 1995.
"In this erotic, archly philosophical thriller, Auster, seductive and masterly,...slyly contrasts the subtle pleasures of the mind with the wildness of the body....With fascinating characters, a spiraling structure, and a HEART OF DARKNESS-like conclusion, this is a sublimely suspenseful, insightful, and disquieting novel." (starred review)
- Donna Seaman
"Auster is in classic form....As the plot moves towards a HEART OF DARKNESS-style journey into madness, the limits of Auster's formalism become more apparent, but this study of a young poet doomed to life as a manifestation of poetry carries startling weight."
"Auster handles the books-within-books and multiple narrators expertly, assembling the intricate moving parts with precision."
- Keith Staskiewicz
"INVISIBLE won me over. Underlying Auster's game-playing is a powerful moral imagination. And he is superb at illuminating the ongoing reinvention of the self, and the subtle ways in which we collaborate with those who would seduce, deceive and betray us."
- Jane Ciabattari
"[T]he finest novel Paul Auster has ever written....As soon as you finish...INVISIBLE, you want to read it again....The prose is contemporary American at its best: crisp, elegant, brisk. It has the illusion of effortlessness that comes only with fierce discipline. As often happens when you are in the hands of a master, you read the next sentence almost before you are finished with the previous one. The novel could be read shallowly, because it is such a pleasure to read."
- Clancy Martin