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Nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Mystery of the Year, City of Glass inaugurates the intriguing New York Trilogy of novels that the Washington Post Book World has classified as "post-existentialist private eye...It's as if Kafka has gotten hooked on the gumshoe game and penned his own ever-spiraling version." As a result of a strange phone call in the middle of the night, Quinn, a writer of detective fiction and crime books, becomes enmeshed in a case more puzzling than any he might have written. New York Times-bestselling author Paul Auster combines dark humor with Hitchcock-like suspense to City of Glass.


About the Author

Paul Auster was born on February 3, 1947, in Newark, New Jersey. He received a B.A. and a M.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. In addition to his career as a writer, Auster has been a census taker, tutor, merchant seaman, little-league baseball coach, and a telephone operator. He started his writing career as a translator. He soon gained popularity for the detective novels that make up his New York Trilogy. His other works include The Invention of Solitude; Leviathan; Moon Palace; Facing the Music; In the Country of Last Things; The Music of Chance; Mr. Vertigo; and The Brooklyn Follies. His latest novels are entitled, Invisible and Sunset Park. In addition to his novels, Auster has written screenplays and directed several films. He is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a French Prix Medicis for Foreign Literature.
Published December 1, 1985 by Sun & Moon Press. 203 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Comics & Graphic Novels, Crime. Fiction

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The caller seeks the Paul Auster Agency, even though, as we later learn, Paul Auster is not a detective but a young writer who strongly resembles the Paul Auster who wrote this book.

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City of Glass by Paul Auster, Paul Karasik and David Mazzucchelli 144pp, Faber, £8.99 A comic of City of Glass?

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Publishers Weekly

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Auster's acclaimed novel City of Glass , a dreamlike meditation on language and fiction in the form of a detective novel, has been translated into comics form to stunning effect.

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Suite 101

In Paul Auster's metafictional novel "City of Glass" the very foundations of the detective fiction genre and novel construction as a whole are exposed.

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The Millions

Every time there’s a new Auster novel out, I think it may be different, and I give him a chance, and soon find I’m back in the usual territory: identity puzzles, murky timelines, ominous danger.

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A Patchwork of Books

I think this is why - despite bursts of overblown verse - some of the poems of Yeats still move me to tears.

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Vivid Scribe

1994′s City of Glass, by Paul Auster, Paul Karasik and David Mazzuchelli, is not only a brilliant adaptation from a novel to a comic, it is also one of the best English-language graphic novels that has been made.

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