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Oracle Night (Paperback)

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Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 02/06/2011
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Oracle Night is a compulsively readable novel by 'one of the great writers of our time.' (San Francisco Chronicle). Several months into his recovery from a near-fatal illness, novelist Sidney Orr enters a stationery shop in Brooklyn and buys a blue notebook. It is September 18, 1982, and for the next nine days Orr will live under the spell of this blank book, trapped inside a world of eerie premonitions and bewildering events that threaten to destroy his marriage and undermine his faith in reality. If The New York Trilogy was Paul Auster's detective story, his mesmerizing eleventh novel reads like an old-fashioned ghost story. But there are no ghosts in this book - only flesh-and-blood human beings, wandering through the haunted realms of everyday life. Oracle Night is a narrative tour de force that confirms Auster's reputation as one of the boldest, most original writers at work in America today. 'His old-fashioned art of creating suspense . . . which rivals M. R. James or Conan Doyle. In fact, Oracle Night is best read as a post-modern ghost story.' The Guardian

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571276622
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 181 g
Dimensions: 198 x 126 x 14 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Compulsively readable yet wonderfully complex and unsettling. The book is both a babushka doll of stories within stories and a literary Rubik's Cube, the solution of which, if there is one, is the very nature of reality."--"The Boston Globe"
"Auster shines as a fabulist and tale-teller, putting a high-modernist gloss on noir."--"The New Yorker"
"A joy to read."--"The Economist"
"It's urban mysticism, a poetry of the hidden and the almost forgotten, with the supernatural power deriving equally from the city and the novelist's imagination. . . . A snow globe of a novel."--"New York" magazine
""Oracle Night" is a triumph for novelist Auster. It cements his growing reputation as one of America's most inventive and original writers."--"The Seattle Times"
"As Auster's many admirers know, his narrative voice is as hypnotic as that of the Ancient Mariner. Start one of his books and by page two you cannot choose but hear."--Michael Dirda, "The New York Review of Books
""Compulsively readable yet wonderfully complex and unsettling. The book is both a babushka doll of stories within stories and a literary Rubik's Cube, the solution of which, if there is one, is the very nature of reality."--"The Boston Globe
""Auster shines as a fabulist and tale-teller, putting a high-modernist gloss on noir."--"The New Yorker
""A joy to read."--"The Economist
""It's urban mysticism, a poetry of the hidden and the almost forgotten, with the supernatural power deriving equally from the city and the novelist's imagination. . . . A snow globe of a novel."--"New York" magazine
""Oracle Night" is a triumph for novelist Auster. It cements his growing reputation as one of America's most inventive and original writers."--"The Seattle Times"

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