Invisible by Paul Auster
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"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."

 

About Paul Auster

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Paul Auster is the bestselling author of Invisible, Man in the Dark, Travels in the Scriptorium, The Brooklyn Follies, and Oracle Night. I Thought My Father Was God, the NPR National Story Project anthology, which he edited, was a national bestseller. His work has been translated into thirty-five languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. 
 
Published October 23, 2009 by Henry Holt and Co.. 320 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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The New York Times

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It’s 1967, and we learn on the first page that Adam is “a second-year student at Columbia,” a “know-nothing boy with an appetite for books and a belief (or delusion) that one day I would become good enough to call myself a poet.” So we know we are dealing with a bildungsroman, and as I read the n...

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The Guardian

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Paul Auster is a writer with many skills: a disarming directness of style, a subtle ability to render subtle psychology, a connoisseur's feel for the novel form – its limits and its play – and much besides.

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The Guardian

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Born flatters Adam by proposing that he finance a literary magazine to be edited by the gifted student, and so begins an alliance that sees Adam engage in an affair with Margot and witness the increasingly unstable Born murder a young man who threatens him.

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BC Books

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Not only do we have three narrators, the story is told in different voices — first person, second person and third person.

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BC Books

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If Shakespeare forever remains the master of the play within a play, Paul Auster has staked his claim to the book within the book.

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BC Books

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Sometimes a book leaves me puzzled.

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Book Reporter

The issue of narrative voice --- how and why writers choose to tell a story in that particular voice --- is at the heart of the novel: “By writing about myself in the first person, I had smothered myself and made myself invisible, had made it impossible for me to find the thing I was looking for.

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The Globe and Mail

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Paul Auster satisfies an audience that craves the contact high of the Big Apple intellectual life

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AV Club

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Throughout his career, Paul Auster has invented puzzle-box novels where the puzzle is less in the plot, which often seems to bore him slightly, and more in the construction of the novel itself.

Nov 19 2009 | Read Full Review of Invisible (Rough Cut)

Entertainment Weekly

Invisible is ostensibly about Adam Walker, a precocious young poet who finds himself tugged into the vicious orbit of a French political-science professor after they're involved in a life-changing act of violence.

Oct 28 2009 | Read Full Review of Invisible (Rough Cut)

The Washington Post

In fact, as we learn in the next section, we have actually been reading a fragment of Adam's unpublished memoir -- a fragment that is being shared with us by a successful novelist named James Freeman, who knew Adam when they attended Columbia together 40 years ago.

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The Telegraph

Like the multiple inferences of the title (missing library books, possible espionage, the private agonies of people in lust), the main attraction of Invisible is Auster’s trademark multilayered examination of reality and identity.

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The Telegraph

A strong element of games-playing becomes apparent in the way in which Born choreographs the triangular relationship between himself, Walker and Margot, which is interrupted by a random act of extreme violence, perpetrated by Born and witnessed by Walker.

Nov 07 2009 | Read Full Review of Invisible (Rough Cut)

Bookmarks Magazine

Paul Auster, known for fiction that deals with memory, elusive identities, and stories within stories, is the best-selling author of the New York Trilogy and other novels.

Oct 26 2009 | Read Full Review of Invisible (Rough Cut)

Red Room

Paul Auster's novel, Invisible, is a novel within a novel about a man who yields his memoir, not quite finished before his death, to an old friend, a famous writer, who pieces things together in a patchy, start-and-stop, but ultimately satisfying way.

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