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The discovery of a mysterious notebook turns a man's life upside-down in this 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
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Published December 2nd 2003 by Henry Holt
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I had been sick for a long time. When the day came for me to leave the hospital, I barely knew how to walk anymore, could barely remember who I was supposed to be....

One of the best Austers I've read, seriously.
Auster, you love him or you hate him. I've struggled with his books, but always ended up fascinated.
Auster writes brooding stories, there's always something below the surface and to find out what's going on is a challenge....This is a brooding story too, it was a smooth read for me, enj
Ahmad Sharabiani
Oracle Night, Paul Auster
The novel is about a writer named Sidney Orr (a short, Americanized version of the Polish surname Orlovsky), who, after making a miraculous recovery from near fatal illness, buys a new notebook and starts writing a story about a man who completely changed his life when he realised how much his existence was ruled by randomness.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه نوامبر سال 2003 میلادی
عنوان: شب پیشگویی؛ نویسنده: پل آستر (اوستر)؛ مترجم: خجسته کیهان؛ تهران، افق، 1384؛ در 271 ص؛ فروست:
Raya راية
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Raya راية by: ديانا دودو

"يثيرني دائماً اكتشافي لنماذج جديدة من تحيّزي وغبائي، وأن أدرك أنني لا أعرف نصف ما كنت أعتقد أنني أعرفه."

وأعتبر بأن رواية ليلة التنبؤ خالفت توقعاتي عن الرواية الأمريكية السينمائية. وأشكر من اقترحها عليّ.

بدايةً، شعرت ببعض التعقيد والصعوبة في تتبّع مسار الأحداث، لأنها كما قلت جاءت مخالفة للرواية البوليسية التقليدية ذات الأحداث السريعة المتلاحقة وسهلة السرد. فهذه الرواية مختلفة تماماً عن كل ما قرأت، تتشابك فيها العديد من الموضوعات في نسيج روائي سردي مُحكم وجذّاب، وتتناول أفكاراً عن هشاشة العواطف ال
Oct 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
The story-within-the-story device gives Paul Auster plenty of freedom to orchestrate this postmodern novel. These are the (fake) jottings of an active writer and they include daily occurrences (diary-like), ideas for plots, a coherent free-flow of thoughts and musings, a scrapbook of so much mixed media which describes a vivid world dabbling in the surreal. His avoiding the usage of quotation marks in the story-within-the-story’s dialogue conveys the continuity of the writer’s imagination. He us ...more
Jun 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Auster mind-meld fans
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: Auster, via all his previous work
Every time I start a Paul Auster book I get twenty pages into it and think,
"That's it. He's finally over stepped the mark. He's jumped from the edge of the clever cliff and into the precipice of w*nky too smart and arty for his own good literature". And then, I am always proved wrong. Sorry Paul I judge you too harshly!*

Another excellent book with the trademark Austerisms. Convoluted, random, perhaps even a little too common place at times, writhing like a bag of snakes the twists and turns had
Sep 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Finché sogni, c'è sempre scampo".

Dopo un incidente a cui è riuscito miracolosamente a sopravvivere, Sidney Orr ricomincia, con un po' di fatica, a scrivere.
Grazie a un taccuino blu, proveniente dal Portogallo, e che sembra avere poteri magici, comincia a svilupparsi la trama di questo romanzo di Auster.
Con La notte dell'oracolo di Auster, si entra nel meta-romanzo, un romanzo nel romanzo in cui confluiscono diverse storie. Da un lato, la storia privata di Sidney e del suo matrimonio con la mogl
Jun 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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رواية داخل رواية

عندما تقرأ لأول مرة لبول أوستر لا يسعك بعد ذلك إلا البحث عن مجمل أعماله..متعة فائقة أن أتقرأ لكاتب يحترم عقليتك و يضع ذكاءك موضع المسائلة و الإختبار كأنه داخل إلى متاهة ذهنية و يريدك أن تعمل على حل عقدها و التكهن بالخطوة القادمة التى لن تقدر على التنبؤ بها أو حتى التفكير فيها..دائما توقعات صادمة تنهش فى لحم الحقيقة لتعرى ما هو مختفٍ تحتها

الرواية قائمة على تداعى السرد و تشابك الأزمنة و التقل فيما بينها من الماضى للحاضر و المستقبل و بالعكس ، و تداخل حياة الراوى- الذى يعمل بالأساس ك
Oracle Night seems like one of Auster's more perfunctory novels. There is the usual blend of a narrator getting over some big personal tragedy, reflections on the power of language (writing especially in this case), recurring coincidences, a female love interest in trouble, etc. The opening conceit of the blank notebook and Sid's need to fill it has this really interesting, ominous vibe going to it. But Auster doesn't seem all that committed to really diving into it, and by the end of the book i ...more
George Georgiadis
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hamburger
To Auster-ικό λογοτεχνικό σύμπαν είναι -όπως πάντα- πολύ καλά δομημένο. Εξαιρετική σκιαγράφηση των χαρακτήρων, με το σύνηθες "ομιχλώδες τοπίο" να πλανάται πάνω από τα κίνητρα και τις πράξεις τους, χωρίς να αποκαλύπτονται τελικά όλες οι πτυχές της προσωπικότητας τους.
Ο Auster καταφέρνει με μοναδικό τρόπο να "υφαίνει" μικρές ιστορίες και περιστατικά φαινομενικά ασήμαντα σε σχέση με την κύρια πλοκή και μέσα σε αυτά να "φυτεύει" ιδιαίτερα και σημαντικά νοήματα που θέλει να περάσει στον αναγνώστη.
Jul 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

راستش، اومدم که دو بدم. ولی نحوهی گرهگشایی ِ قسمتهای پایانی ِ داستان، اونقد حرفهای و شوکّهکننده و غیرمنتظره بود که گفتم دو براش نهایت ِ نامردیمو میرسونه. داستان، واقعاً هدف و حرفای خیلی خیلی خوبی داش.. اونقد خوب که ازیندس کتابا باس خیلی نوش و تمومی ندارن.. امّا شاید همینهدفهای زیاد و البتّه داستانهای زیادی که تو همین یهداستان بهطرز آشکار و نهان پرداخته شده بودن، کار ِ نویسنده رو سخت کرده بود. برای همین، داستان نظم نداش و گسیختگیش میتونس یهخوانندهی کمطاقتـو از ادامهدادنش منصرف کنه. امّا واقعاً چل
Jan 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
The story was confusing,the end upset me,and i feel depressed after finishing it....may be it wasn't the right time for me to read it...
the part about his mysterious blue notebook,and how it give Sidney Auster's protagonist,some kind of power over his writing.... and it's effective impact in changing the direction of the story from time to time, was the only interesting thing .....

"Those notebooks are very friendly, but they can also be cruel, and you have to watch out you don't get lost in them
Oct 01, 2007 rated it did not like it
Through the entire story I had the feeling I was on the verge of stumbling on the meat of it, but it never happened. I stuck with it hoping for even a line that would satisfy the "on-the-verge" feeling, but by the last line on the last page, I realized it wasn't coming. Maybe I'm too dense to really get the underlying substance of this book, but believe me, I was looking for it.
Andrew Kaufman
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
It's been a long time since I've had a new favourite writer. Paul Auster is my new favourite writer.
'If you have never read Auster before,' proclaims a quote displayed on the cover of this edition of Oracle Night, 'this is the place to start.' I hadn't read Auster before beginning this book, but I'd been meaning to for a while - especially since I've now read three of his wife (Siri Hustvedt)'s books and have gathered that their work ie very similar in style and theme. I wasn't out looking for an Auster book, I was just browsing at the library, but when I spotted it, the intriguing summary and ...more
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
رواية "أوسترية" بامتياز!
لو انني وجدتها في سوق للكتب المستعملة دون اسم كاتبها مدونا عليها لأقسمت أنها للسيد بول أوستر غير حانثة ...
رواية عن معاناة الكاتب واختلاط الأفكار والإلهام الذي يأتي تارة حثيثا وتارة كالحمى.
لا أدري عن النسخة باللغة الانجليزية ولكن النسخة العربية التي قرأت تتبع أسلوبا عجيبا للغاية ولهذا أؤمن بأنها إحدى حيل السيد أوستر الروائية البديعة ... هو مجنون في رأيي وليس غيره يبتدع مثل هذه تقنيات
تحكي الرواية عن كاتب يشرع في كتابة رواية جديدة يضيف بعض مقاطعها لتتابع أحداثها بقلمه، بينما
Rebecca Gransden
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Auster here takes story-telling and uses that as a means to ponder reality and every labyrinthine way this translates through perception. He takes the maze and straightens it out so that every turn, every fork, every dead end corridor or way in or out is set parallel. Then what is left is something like the strata of rock, each layer signifying different eras in soil but here the unknowable passage we take from our point of view, fractured, subjective and incomplete. Auster takes that sample in ...more
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Quiet and tempered - my first Auster, and I loved the style.
I enjoyed Sidney's daily life, his writing, his screenplays. I enjoyed the small fantastical elements, but still rooted in reality (the magic of the blue notebook that was never explained). Vulnerable, true to life, and both sad and hopeful.

4.5 stars - knocked down only a bit because the ending was abrupt.

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Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Auster's favourite theme is randomness, chance. And we see it again in this novel, which is a story within a story within a story, told in Auster's favourite narrative style. Given that there is so much ground to cover in this short book, I'm not sure there is any other way but to "tell" this story. However, only the main story line heads towards any type of conclusion in this book, while the others stall midway, again, demonstrating randomness, perhaps?

I like this book because it deals with the
Jan 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
این کتاب جز کتابایی هست که تو دوره ی تلاشم برای کنکور ارشد خوندم... قشنگ بود
Sep 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 21st-centurylit
And here I am back with Paul Auster and my ongoing love/hate relationship with him. What keeps drawing me back to him is his treatment of writers and the craft of writing in his stories, and I feel, through reading Auster, that I'm gaining some new insight through his characters. There have been a few sour grapes in our literary relationship, but there's this overwhelming "What is he up to now?" feeling that brings me back.

So here we have Sidney Orr, just released from the hospital after recover
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
In einem Bungalow-Hostel auf den Philippinen gefunden und beinahe verschlungen. Wunderschön und traurig zugleich.
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"...Ama mavi neyin simgesidir?"
"Bilmiyorum. Umudun olabilir."
"Ve hüznün"
"Masmaviyi unutma."
"Evet, haklısın. Mavi sadakattir de."
Geçen ay Paul Auster'ı ilk defa okumaya karar vererek Ay Sarayı kitabını okuyarak tek kelimeyle hayran kalmıştım. Yazardan sırada hemen Yükseklik Korkusu'nu okumak istemiştim ama ne yazık ki kütüphanede rafta bulamadım, böylece sırada okuyacağım kitabı Kehanet Gecesi oldu. Kehanet Gecesi'ne elimde olmadan ufak bile olsa beklentiyle başlamış oldum. Kitabın arka kapa
Joaquín Jiménez
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mi primer acercamiento a Paul Auster ha sido exitoso y emocionante y considero que esta es una buena manera de terminar el año: leyendo a un escritor talentosísimo, que en poco más de 250 páginas desarrolla una historia perfecta. Bien escrita, interesante e ingeniosa.

No sé qué tan importante sea el plot de esta novela, porque lo más fascinante quizás sea la interpolación de historias, la literatura jugando consigo misma en una sucesión de espejos que recuerdan al Quijote y a los laberintos de Bo
Kevin Fanning
Jul 08, 2007 rated it liked it
I don't know what to say about this book. I liked. If you look at how much I liked it w/r/t how low my hopes were before starting it, I guess you could say I really liked it. But all things being equal, I mainly liked it.

I think if I'd read this in college I would have wanted to write a paper about it. Although, maybe not because I feel like the book is in despearate need of critical exploration, maybe just because it seems like the kind of book that a college student could fairly easily write a
Feb 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
There aren't many books that make a serious attempt to explore synchronicity, but this is one. I think Sidney goes from a rationalist to a fabulist/mystic though is own limitations often keep him from knowing what he knows. His happiness for being alive at the end of the book is more felt than understood and I liked that; also, that the book self refers to the Trause note which is basically to look for another notebook (of which the novel is the product 20 years later) that allows Sidney to begi ...more
Temuka Zoidze
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
პოლ ოსტერს ერთი რაღაც უდავოდ კარგად გამოსდის: წიგნის ბოლოს ისეთ გულისგამხეთქავ ამბებს შემოგაჩეჩებს, რომ სულ მიგავიწყდება წინა გვერდების მოწყენილობები.
უბრალოდ, უკვე ამ ავტორის მეორე წიგნს ვკითხულობ და ასე მგონია, თავისი ნაწარმოებების სიუჟეტებს ერთ ქარგაზე ქსოვს: მთავარი პერსონაჟი დიდი ტრაგედიის გამოვლის შემდეგ თავიდან ცდილობს ცხოვრებას ჩაებღაუჭოს, თავიდან აღიქვას რეალობა და ძველ თუ ახალ ადამიანებთან ერთად სცადოს მისუსტებული ნაბიჯების გადადგმა, მაგრამ შემთხვევითობა ისევ მოულოდნელ განსაცდელს უმზად
Beka Sukhitashvili
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: american
საოცარი წიგნია. ნიკ ბოუენივით კარჩაკეტილი ვარ დარჩენილი, არადა ვგრძნობდი ამბის ასე დასასრულს.
ესაა წიგნი, რომელსაც არაერთხელ მივუბრუნდები.
Michael Bohli
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
"Nacht des Orakels" ist auf der einen Weise ein typisches Buch von Paul Auster. Etwas verzweifelte Figuren versuchen in New York ihr Leben zu bestreiten, zu verändern, nicht aus den Augen zu verlieren. Dabei verschieben sich gewisse Dinge in der Wahrnehmung und Realität, Gedanken werden plötzlich zu Tatsachen. Doch im Gegensatz zu anderen Werken des Autors kippt das Buch nie. Die Erzählung bleibt ziemlich linear, ein paar mysteriöse Momente erhalten nicht viel Gewicht. Trotzdem schwingt immer da ...more
Annika Kronberg
Fint språk, men berättelsen känns ofullständig på något vis. Jag tycker om hur Auster målar upp karaktärerna och känslorna dem emellan, men det är något som fattas.

Edit: Denna är så meta. Det är en bok om en författare som skriver en bok i ett magiskt anteckningsblock, en bok som bl.a. handlar om ett bokmanus. Jag undrar om det är någon slags symbolik för värdet av och makten hos litteratur.
Sep 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
هذه اول رواية اقرأها لبول أوستر، احد اشهر كتاب امريكا المعاصرين، ولن تكون الاخيرة ان شاء الله...
شيقة جدا وذات حبكة قوية.. متداخله الأمكنة والازمنة...
تدور عن كاتب روائي يدعى "سندي أور" يشرع في كتابة رواية جديدة بعد تماثله للشفاء، مستخدما دفتر أزرق برتغالي الصنع، سيكون له فيما بعد سحرا ابداعياً على بطله
وينقلنا أوستر بين روايته هذه وبين نص الرواية التي يكتبها بطله "سندي" وبطلها الاخر "نيك بوين" وهو محررا في دار نشر في نيويورك
معاناة الكاتب ومخاض الابداع الروائي هما جوهر الرواية،
الأحساس بالزمن، الح
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Paul Auster is the bestselling author of Report from the Interior, Winter Journal, Sunset Park, Invisible, The Book of Illusions, and The New York Trilogy, among many other works. He has been awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature, the Prix Médicis Étranger, the Independent Spirit Award, and the Premio Napoli. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Ac ...more
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