Man in the Dark
Seventy-two-year-old August Brill is recovering from a car accident in his daughter’s house in Vermont. When sleep refuses to come, he lies in bed and tells himself stories, struggling to push back thoughts about things he would prefer to forget—his...more
I've never had a real issue with insomnia. Sure, there are those tension filled days that carry over and transmute into a jaw clenching, sheet wrasslin', sigh-fest. But, it doesn't last. The pull into oblivion is too strong.
I do, however, find that I tell myself stories to urge on said oblivion. It's an easier escape than reliving the doldrums of the day or ma...more
Novela más que redonda, de facilísima lectura, dejando caer con ligeras sutilezas su posicionamiento frente a grandes temas (y sin querer hacer apostolado laico, lo que es de agradecer), reflexionando sobre el acto de la creación literaria como escape a un mundo real... que tiene dramas reales y estrategias infantiles para evitar enfrentarnos a ellos.
Muy bien escrita (eso es lo habitual), muy bien narrada, alternando dos historias hasta la ruptura abrupta d...more
"I am alone in the dark, turning the world around in my head as I struggle through another bout of insomnia, another white night in the great American wilderness. Upstairs, my daughter and granddaughter are asleep in their bedrooms, each one alone as well, the forty-seven-year-old Miriam, my only child, who has slept alone for the past five years, and the twenty-year-old Katya, Miriam's only child, who use...more
"After, say, 10 books, maybe novelists should be retested, like accident-prone senior citizens renewing their driver’s licenses. Veterans of literary wars would anonymously submit a new manuscript to agents. Of “Man in the Dark,” I think they’d say, “third-rate imitation of Paul Auster.”"
This was the first Paul Auster novel I had read. I gather he is somewhat revered as a postmodern writer who often employs meta-fictional devices and multiple narratives in his work. I didn't know this at the time, however, and picked up this book at one of those sales of new books that nobody wants. I live in a small city in South Africa where people on the wh...more
With the twist you can expect from Auster, there is the surreal plotline of a character sent on a mission to kill the author of his story. But most of the plot focuses on an elderly man's look back on his life and the people in his real story -- his wife, his daughter and his granddaughter.
Reactions to Paul Auster's new novel may very well have come from alternate universes themselves. In one world, Auster is a great American man of letters writing a postmodern response to the events of our time, particularly 9/11, as only he can. In another world, his novel is yet another failed attempt at fictional engagement with the past eight years. There is a universe where Auster has matured from a young writer with a genius for multilayered, self-referential plots to a more sensitive obser...more
If August Brill has to pee in the middle of the night, it is easier for him to just go into a bottle, rather than fumble around looking for his cane.
"Man In The Dark" by Paul Auster spans one sleepless night in this house...more
Such a Fearful Thing to Love What Death Can Touch: Paul Auster Waxes Mortal
Going back as far as his first novel City of Glass, the New York-based author Paul Auster has been known for his sublime intellectual play, his text-within-a-text narrative structures. His œuvre calls to mind Jorge Luis Borges’ short story “The Library of Babel,” with its manipulation of language and knowledge in ways that are contradictory, labyrinthine and endless. Borges’...more
Sure, it has an abundance of faults: like many of his recent novels like Travels In The Scriptorium (2007) and Oracle Night (2004), it is lacks a satisfying narrative structure, goes off in arbritrary directions and incorporates numerous half-baked parables.
But where these novels by the author of the iconic New York Trilogy have been cerebral and cold, this s...more
(Speaking of absurd, hazrabai was reading this ser...more
Het blijkt dat hij uitverkoren is voor een speciale opdracht. Hij moet de man vermoorden die de oorlog heeft veroorzaakt en in stand houdt door alle gebeurtenissen op te schrijven. Het lijkt bijna een Kafkaiaans gegeven.