Man Walks Into a Room by Nicole Krauss

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A luminous and unforgettable first novel by an astonishing new voice in fiction, hailed by Esquire magazine as “one of America’s best young writers.”

Samson Greene, a young and popular professor at Columbia, is found wandering in the Nevada desert. When his wife, Anna, comes to bring him home, she finds a man who remembers nothing, not even his own name. The removal of a small brain tumor saves his life, but his memories beyond the age of twelve are permanently lost.

Here is the story of a keenly intelligent, sensitive man returned to a life in which everything is strange and new. An emigrant from his own life, set free from all that once defined him, Samson Greene believes he has nothing left to lose. So, when a charismatic scientist asks him to participate in a bold experiment, he agrees. Launched into a turbulent journey that takes him to the furthest extremes of solitude and intimacy, what he gains is nothing short of the revelation of what it means to be human.


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About Nicole Krauss

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Nicole Krauss has been hailed by the New York Times as "one of America's most important novelists." She is the author of the international bestseller Great House, a finalist for the National Book Award, and Man Walks Into a Room. Her books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages.
 
Published November 11, 2003 by Anchor. 256 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Hesitant relationships—with the research scientist who proposes to “implant” in his brain the memories of another man, as well as with his chosen “Input” (i.e., memory “donor”), an amusingly Babbitt-like businessman, among others more briefly encountered—are prelude to a deeply ironic “awakening”...

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Samson becomes friends with another resident at the station, an elderly eccentric called Donald, but when Donald's memories are grafted into Samson's mind, they are of a test nuclear explosion he witnessed as a young soldier.

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At the beginning of Nicole Krauss' debut novel Man Walks Into A Room, amnesiac protagonist Samson Greene has been found wandering in the Nevada desert.

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Entertainment Weekly

With a brisk empathy, Man Walks Into a Room author Nicole Krauss tells the story of Samson Greene, a Columbia University professor with a cherry-size brain tumor, the removal of which erases 24 years of memory: Samson wakes as a strikingly intelligent man with all the experience of a preteen.

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Deseret News

He returns to New York with Anna, and they try to re-create the life they had together for 10 years.

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Austin Chronicle

Samson seems like a automaton, albeit an entirely sentient one, but the beauty of this novel is that, to Samson, we're the automatons, receiving "curt instructions from ...

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