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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  15,263 ratings  ·  728 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Paul Auster (The New York Trilogy) opens Leviathan with the tearing of a bomb explosion and the death of one Benjamin Sachs. Ben’s one-time best friend, Peter Aaron, begins to retrospectively investigate the transformation that led Ben from his enviable stable life, to one of a recluse. Both were once intelligent, yet struggling novelists ...more
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Published September 1st 1993 by Penguin Books (first published 1992)
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Olivia Ah well see my review...imo ALL Auster's books ARE about his life in the sense that any philosopher's wrtints/treatise/theses relate directly to the m…moreAh well see my review...imo ALL Auster's books ARE about his life in the sense that any philosopher's wrtints/treatise/theses relate directly to the massive web of how and why sentient beings think and behave as they do. The hooks for the narratives being entanglements representing possible or potential issues between the characters of life as Auster has experienced his life and can make interpretations.
Some writers simply tell tales. Yarns for temporary entertainment getting from a to be without out too many puzzling distractions. Others write to unravel the clues in the crossword of life, to explore who, what and why of the psyche.
Such is Auster.
So yes his writings have to be about himself and the many rsalities, the many possible renditions of events which we all encounter.
Some proceed in a li ear event after another as if inevitable. Others live in the round with many layers and possible conclusions.(less)

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Six days ago, a man blew himself up by the side of the road in northern Wisconsin. There were not witnesses, but it appears that he was sitting on the grass next to his parked car when the bomb he was building accidentally went off....The day after the explosion, the wire services ran a brief article about the case. It was one of those cryptic, two-paragraph stories they bury in the middle of the paper, but I happened to catch it in The New York Times while I was eating lunch that afternoon. Alm ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Leviathan, Paul Auster
Leviathan is American writer Paul Auster’s seventh novel, published by Viking Press in 1992. The novel follows the life and crimes of a man who decides to take action over words to deliver his message to the world, as told by his estranged best friend. The novel opens like a detective story as the narrator begins, Six days ago, a man blew himself up by the side of a road in northern Wisconsin. There were no witnesses, but it appears that he was sitting on the grass next to
Ian "Marvin" Graye

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We're at a party in a modern bohemian fourth floor apartment in Brooklyn.

The guests include publishers, writers, artists, film-makers, musicians and various minders, acolytes and drummers disguised as waiters.

It’s July 4, 1981 (or is it 2003 or 2012 or all three, I don't know, the script doesn't say), barely twenty minutes before the fireworks are due to begin.

LYDIA DAVIS (who has just arrived, it’s her second party of t
Steven Godin
In terms of American writers, Auster stands up there being so unique, a writer one must read at least once. He’s remarkably talented here and his originality continues to impress me.

Leviathan literally means the biggest of its kind, and was also a sea monster from the Old Testament. Knowing such things illuminates Auster’s reasoning behind titling his book as such.

In this tale, Peter Aaron’s friend, Ben Sachs-a once-promising author-accidentally blows himself up along a rural road using a homema
May 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
I can't remember the last time I read a book that was so emotionally draining as Paul Auster's Leviathan. I have been reading it at work for the last week or so, and finally in the home stretch of the last hundred pages today, I started walking around with my head down and my coworkers kept asking if I was okay. That's a feat to behold.

Auster's books are some of the most finely crafted works I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Maybe the stories don't always get wrapped up cleanly, or the ch
João Carlos

Paul Auster (n. 1947) em Portugal 2017 (Fotografia João Porfírio/Observador)

”Leviathan” publicado em 1992 é o sétimo romance do escritor norte-americano Paul Auster (n. 1947) e tem a particularidade de ser dedicado a Don DeLillo (n. 1936).
Nos finais de Junho de 1990 “(…) um homem foi morto por uma explosão na berma de uma estrada algures no norte do Wisconsin. Não houve testemunhas, mas tudo indica que estava sentado no chão, junto ao seu carro, quando a bomba que estava a montar explodiu acid
Nelson Zagalo
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Um dos maiores problemas de consumir muitas histórias num meio — seja literatura, cinema ou jogos — é que começamos a ver as estruturas narrativas na nossa frente enquanto devíamos estar plenamente absorvidos pelo mundo e personagens das histórias. Diga-se que isso é mais evidente quando a história é mediana, mas a estrutura é muito boa, investindo nós mais tempo na apreciação do invólucro do que no conteúdo. Esse é o caso de “Leviathan” (1992), em que Auster embrulha múltiplas personagens numa ...more
George Georgiadis
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Πάλι τα ίδια Paul; Πάλι αριστοτεχνικά δομημένη πλοκή; Πάλι εκπληκτική σκιαγράφηση χαρακτήρων; Πάλι μέγιστη απόλαυση κατά την ανάγνωση κάθε σελίδας;

Ποιοι στ' αλήθεια είμαστε. Ποιοι νομίζουμε ότι είμαστε. Ποιοι νομίζουν οι άλλοι ότι είμαστε. Οι πράξεις μας. Τα κίνητρα των πράξεων μας. Οι επιπτώσεις τους στον εαυτό μας και τους άλλους.

Πάντως Paul, μεταξύ μας, νομίζω ότι είσαι ένας πολύ μεγάλος συγγραφέας.
Nickolas the Kid
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Τι είναι ο Λεβιάθαν;
Είναι το βιβλικό τέρας που κανένας δεν μπορεί να γλυτώσει από αυτό. Είναι το πεπρωμένο μας. Κι ο Πολ Όστερ έρχεται να μας το θυμίσει μέσα από ένα απίστευτο εγκεφαλικό παιχνίδι συμπτώσεων που εκ πρώτης όψης μοιάζει με αστυνομικό μυθιστόρημα, αλλά στην ουσία είναι μια φιλοσοφική αναζήτηση.
Η αφηγηματική πληρότητα του Όστερ αλλά και η εκπληκτική σκιαγράφηση των χαρακτήρων του κάνουν το ανάγνωσμα ακόμα πιο συναρπαστικό. Ο καμβάς του συγγραφέα είναι η σύγχρονη Αμερική και κατ' επ
Magda S
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Για μία ακόμη φορά εξαιρετικός Auster...

Το βιβλίο διαβάζεται εύκολα, η πλοκή είναι ενδιαφέρουσα, αλλά το καλύτερο στοιχείο είναι οι χαρακτήρες. Από τους 2 συγγραφείς πρωταγωνιστές, μέχρι και τα δευτερεύοντα πρόσωπα, τα οποία ωστόσο παίζουν εξαιρετικά σημαντικό ρόλο.

Η ουσία του έργου έγκειται στο πώς κάποια εντελώς τυχαία γεγονότα που συμβαίνουν μάς αλλάζουν μια για πάντα και το πώς αντιμετωπίζουμε και εμείς οι ίδιοι, αλλά και οι κοντινοί μας άνθρωποι, αυτή την αλλαγή.
A great writer grappling with an ambitious subject, masterfully treated.
First of all, a perfect construction, upside down thriller which gives the identity of the dead man and goes back to his story told by his best friend who leads the investigation among the key characters, especially women who were important to them both, doubles too. The narrator recounts with thoroughness and depth a few years of life in turmoil in this little world of the American intelligentsia of the Reagan years and the

Πρώτη επαφή με το έργο του Όστερ. Δε μπορώ να πω ότι έμεινα ευχαριστημένος αλλά ούτε και απογοητευμένος. Ακριβώς στο κέντρο. Η ιστορία ξεκινάει δυνατά αλλά μετά την σελίδα 50, όταν συνειδητοποίησα το πώς θα εξελιχθεί το βιβλίο στη συνέχεια βαρέθηκα εξαιτίας της συνεχής επανάληψης. Τα κεφάλαια είναι μεγάλα (πέντε στο σύνολο) αλλά υπάρχουν επί μέρους κομμάτια σαν "θεματικές ενότητες" που το καθένα καταπιάνεται και με έναν χαρακτήρα. Το πρώτο αρνητικό σε αυτό είναι ο τρόπος γραφής: κάθε "θεμα
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Six days ago, a man blew himself up by the side of a road in Wisconsin."
Assim começa este Leviathan. A história é contada na primeira pessoa por Peter Aaron, um escritor, que, ao tomar conhecimento daquela notícia, imediatamente percebe que ela diz respeito ao seu melhor amigo: o também escritor Benjamin Sachs, personagem central deste romance. Começando por nos revelar um desfecho, o autor estrutura a narrativa de modo a manter o interesse do leitor relativamente aos acontecimentos e às m
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Големият Пол Остър пак е написал голям роман. Историята е от онези, които не само не искаш да оставяш, не само всяка страница е супер интересна, но просто си заживяваш с тях и през деня си мислиш за героите, а понякога и ги сънуваш вечер. Пак прекрасният стил на Пол Остър и неговият простичък начин да ти каже много важни неща с малко думи, които обаче се запечатват. Той е от онези автори, които, според мен, са най-добрите - не просто ти нашепват мъдрости, а правят така, че само да ги извлечеш чр ...more
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Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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A veritable dream if you are a fan of mysterious first-person narratives about Terrible Things that Must Be Told before Something Bad Happens. You know - Call of Cthulhu to The Name of the Rose. Not that the plot is pointless - it is thrilling, and peopled with interesting characters - but this is truly more for Forbidden Book and metafictional kids.
Noura Tan
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took me a while to figure out what I felt towards to this book or rather a way to articulate it into some sort of coherent review. I should start by saying that Auster changed a lot of my perspectives throughout this book (nah, not revolutionary stuff). Auster delves into these characters so deeply and invests in their habits, attitudes, feelings so much we can't help but forget that it is but a work of fiction but there was so much detail paid to these characters (and what beautiful characte ...more
Mohammad Ali
ظاهرا گاهی به مشوش بودن این داستان همچون یک ایراد نگاه کرده اند، اما حداقل برای من نفس این تشویش، نسبت به نظم تصنعی، واقعیت زندگی رو بیشتر بیان می کنه - اون هم در زندگی امروزی. اما از طرف دیگه این رو هم باید گفت که زندگی آکنده از فراز و نشیبِ تقریبا همه ی شخصیت های کتاب واقعا تو چشمه و اغراق آمیز - حداقل برای من. آشفتگی، رخدادهای کور، و اراده های مصمم و سست در میانه ی این آشوب - و سرنوشت عمل نویسندگی در این بین - چیزیه که به نظرم جالب اومد تو این داستان. مثل باقی داستان ها اینجا هم به نظرم با دا ...more
Apr 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you already like Paul Auster, you will definitely enjoy Leviathan, and if you dislike him or have a negative impression of his work, it's unlikely to be the book that will change your mind. This is, in many, many ways, textbook Auster. The author is a self-insert named Peter Aaron, a New-York based writer. The basic set-up isn't too different from that of Invisible: a man does or suffers a terrible thing, and the story consists of his friend, the narrator, looking back on the history of their ...more
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Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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La historia que nos cuenta Paul Auster en ‘Leviatán’ (Leviathan, 1992), empieza por el final. El escritor Benjamin Sachs muere mientras manipulaba una bomba junto a una carretera. Es entonces cuando Peter Aaron, también escritor y alter ego del propio Auster, decide narrarnos la historia de su amigo Sachs, y de cómo ha llegado hasta esta situación.

Lo principal de la trama son sus personajes, las relaciones que se establecen entre ellos, los cambios y circunstancias por los que van pasando. Ademá
Nakwan sriaru
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
เป็นภาพชีวิตแสดงที่มา จากปัญญาชนใฝ่สันติ ที่มุ่งสู่การเป็นนักก่อวินาศกรรม สนุกตรงการประกอบสร้างจากชิ้นส่วนต่างๆ ที่ประกอบเป็นชีวิตมีเลือดเนื้อจิตใจของนักเขียน ด้วยบุคลิกที่เปี่ยมเสน่ห์ ร่างสูงใหญ่ แต่งตัวไม่เป็น ไว้เครารกเรื้อ และเขียนนิยายอันทะเยอทะยาน

ประกอบกันเหตุการณ์ในชีวิตที่เป็นความโกลาหลบังเอิญอย่างวิปลาส อย่างที่ มิลาน คุนเดอรา เขียนถึงในเล่ม อมตะ

หนังสือบอกเรากลายๆ ว่า ฝ่ายซ้ายมีจุดจบแบบนี้แหละ ไม่วินาสด้วยเรื่องเซ็กส์และครอบครัว ก็วินาสด้วยการลงเอยด้วยการทำลายตัวเอง.. ฝ่ายซ้ายไม่มีวันชน
Claudia G.
Feb 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Otra novela de Paul Auster con un protagonista que actúa como álter ego de Paul Auster, a quien Paul Auster le da un trabajo de escritor (guau) y las iniciales P.A. (guaaau) para que a ninguno de nosotros, tontiles, se nos pase por alto. ¡Gracias!

Otra novela de Paul Auster que quiere ser la gran alegoría yanqui, donde todos los personajes dedican su vida a ejercer Las Artes (qué majestuosidad, qué nobleza), fumar y beber como hijos de puta, socializar en galerías, exponer y publicar, EXPONER Y P
Infada Spain
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
That's my kind of book! Beautifully given story of a man's pursuit of identity. Loved it more than I could ever love The New York Trilogy or Invisible (these are the only Paul Auster books I have read)...perhaps, it has to do with the fact that I read the English edition...perhaps, he is one of those writers I enjoy reading in English, but never in Greek!
Κορυφαίος Auster. Το τέταρτο 5άρι που του βάζω μετά την Τριλογία, τον Αόρατο και το Man in the Dark. Και το κέρδισε πολύ άνετα.
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Il mio primo Auster: non so se ce ne sarà un altro a breve, non perché non mi sia piaciuto, anche se all’inizio non mi aveva preso molto e poi è decollato, ma perché non vorrei rimanere delusa proseguendo con altri suoi libri . Ho in attesa la trilogia di N.Y. da tempo... vedremo, per il momento stacco da Auster, anche perché ho scaffali da leggere veramente “ trasbordanti “ ....
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Nov 23, 2013 added it
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A Novel Whose Real Subject is Its Author's Anxiety About Losing Our Attention

This is, by most people's accounts, a minor novel of Auster's, and so it may be a poor choice to raise the question of what drives the work, as opposed to what happens when the writing succeeds. This book has a kind of unremitting literalism in its narrative. In a nearly blank, neutral voice, the narrator tells us dozens of dates, places, and names; it's justified by the notion that this is a book written at speed in or
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Es la primera novela que leo de este autor y me ha dejado impresionado. Durante años he dudado si leer alguna de sus novelas. Aunque sea una explicación simple, los argumentos de sus novelas no terminaban de atraerme. Al final me he tomado su lectura como un reto personal ya que en numerosos blogs hablan muy bien de muchas de sus novelas y sentía curiosidad por ellas. Después de leer esta novela tengo claro que no va a ser la última novela que lea de Paul Auster.

Esta novela me ha sorprendido muc
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aparece un hombre volado en mil pedazos por una bomba casera, el desastre es tal que no hay manera de identificarlo. Se salva la billetera pero son todos documentos apócrifos y con un numero de teléfono llegan a la casa de Peter Aron,,, el reflejo de Paul Auster, un novelista neoyorquino. Esquiva las preguntas pero reconoce que hablan de un amigo, su mejor amigo. Y decide contar la historia, todo lo que sabe para que la verdad vea la luz si es que eso sucede. Entonces sabemos el final pero no sa ...more
Azra Javanmardi
Sep 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
می توانم بگویم در تمام لحظاتی که کتاب را می خواندم، مسخ شده بودم. هر خط از داستان یک بمب کوچک بود که در ذهنم پیش فرض ها را منفجر می کرد. آستر به معنای واقعی کلمه در مورد " انسان " می نویسد و رابطه ی او را با جهان تصادف ها به شکلی منظم پیش چشم خواننده تصویر می کند. طوری که عجیب ترین و نادرالوقوع ترین اتفاقات، امری بدیهی جلوه می کنند. و آن چه به نظر من خارق العاده می آید، درست بعد از تحقیر باورهای پیشین اتفاق می افتد؛ " کشف حقیقت "
اشتیاق بی پایان و فزاینده ای در من هست که می خواهم ساعت ها و روزها
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I think Leviathan's writer may be named a desk-writer. For writing a novel, I prefer to go out and see streets and people, but he prefers to sit at his room and write his novel by his brain activity and NYcity and USA maps.
Well, how much may a brain work?
Feb 21, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: mystery/thriller buffs looking for something more
i'm not a huge fan of this genre of fiction -- thrillers/mysteries, i suppose -- and at first the voices felt kind of stilted. but the story drew me in and by the end the characters were fully realized -- auster has a nice sense of human nature and he expresses it well. quick and enjoyable, but better than what you might normally call a page turner, which it also is. very good plane/vacation/commuting reading.
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I loved this book. I read it front to back one day on top of my roof in the summer of 2006. I couldn't put it down. Highly recommended.
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lo que me atrajo a leer el libro es la inclusión de un personaje que es el alter ego de Sophie Calle, una artista de arte contemporáneo con una obra en la que su vida está directamente implicada

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