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Un hombre en la oscuridad

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August Brill ha sufrido un accidente de coche y se está recuperando en casa de su hija, en Vermont. No puede dormir, e inventa historias en la oscuridad. En una de ellas, Owen Brick, un joven magoque ha adoptado el nombre artístico del Gran Zavello, despierta en el fondo de un foso de paredes muy lisas que no puede escalar. No sabe dónde está ni cómo ha llegado hasta allí, ...more
Paperback, Colección Compactos, 207 pages
Published January 2010 by Anagrama (first published 2008)
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Will Byrnes
“I am alone in the dark.” One of the more evocative existential opening lines. And it tells much about what follows. August Brill is 72, a Pulitzer Prize winning book critic who is confined to a wheelchair, and mourning the loss of his wife. While convalescing, he is living with his divorced daughter and his granddaughter, Katya, who is mourning the horrible death of her boyfriend in Iraq. We see the events of the story through Brill’s eyes. In attempting to overcome a bout of insomnia, and perh ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Aug 21, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: Paul Auster fans
Shelves: war, saddest, drama, mystery
The Philippines exports lots of domestic helpers (household helpers, nannies, girl Fridays, cleaners, caregivers, etc.) to overseas. Those ladies and men are normally college graduates or finished some units in college. Most of them are teachers because their monthly salary here in the Philippines is low and not enough to satisfy that they think they families deserve. Most of them find their possible employers from agencies who have contacts abroad, mostly in Hong Kong, Singapore and some countr ...more
Jun 19, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Back when I was an undergraduate in college (not that I ever did any graduate work, but I'm about to make fun of myself, and making fun of 'undergraduates' is a literary tradition in these parts) I got a total boner* for structuralism. And then post-structuralism. I was dating Sarah and she was like, 'Hey, you like this soulless pomo bullshit, you should read this book I just read and didn't like, the New York Trilogy,' I was all, sweet, empty soulless pomo bullshit! And read it, and didn't real ...more
Sep 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Me da igual que Auster empiece a jugar a las muñecas rusas en la página 3, me da igual que me recuerde a Travels in the Scriptorium, me da igual que sus personajes me recuerden a otros, me da igual que haya tanto escritor suelto en Nueva York, me da absolutamente igual todo, porque una vez más, Auster me engancha desde la primera página y no me deja ir. Y estoy tan a gusto dentro de su mundo... el otro día salía por esta página el tema de nuestros autores vivos favoritos: bien, yo me iría de cop ...more
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is weird that when I see Paul Auster’s works included on the list of best novels of all time according to a magazine site, I have the compelling hunch that they are nifty reads. Also, when I see his images on Google, his physical aura of literary skills , his deep stare at the camera tends to pierce me as if everything stops moving just like the two of us in a motionless world. It is as though staring back at him renders me powerless ,frozen in awe. Thereby, I start having been borne upon the ...more
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like their words carefully folded
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: a previous brief encounter with Auster
Yes, it is Paul Auster time again ladies and gentlemen.

Paul. I love you.

Almost as hard to write as it is to say, although technically my fingers are more limber and better versed at communication as they are without the subtle patina of sceptical hoar frost which coats my cryogenically chilled cardio-vascular chambers.

As I have previously discussed, my first few dates with Paul were suspicious, sullen affairs where I peered at the pages with an arched eyebrow trying to decided... " g
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are some books which I find seem unpromising but quickly catch you up and sweep you along and this is one of them. An old man, August Brill, newly widowed and bed-ridden owing to a car accident lies unable to sleep as does his daughter, a writer discarded by her husband; and his granddaughter, newly bereaved after the violent death of her ex-boyfriend. In order to pass the bleak, black time of the depths of night he tells himself stories. Stories in which he desperately tries to close his ...more
Nov 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy the 'tricks' in Auster's fiction, even if they are repetitive throughout his oeuvre. Though this novel contains none of his usual tricks, Auster seems to explain why he sometimes puts himself into his own works through the words of August Brill, his narrator. Brill is telling himself a story, in the dark, because he can't sleep:
The story is about a man who must kill the person who created him, and why pretend that I am not that person? By putting myself into the story, the story become
عبدالله ناصر

رجل في الظلام تجاوز السبعين و بساقٍ مكسورة و يحتل الطابق الأرضي و في الأعلى ابنته الأرملة و حفيدته التي فقدت للأبد صديقها مؤخراً . و لأنه يشكو الأرق يعمد إلى سرد الكثير من القصص و اختلاقها و بهذه الطريقة يساعد عقارب الساعة على العمل أو على وجه الدقة يلهو عن مراقبة الوقت .

يفضل العتمة على الضوء المزعج لعينيه ، في كل الأحوال ذاكرة أوغست بريل مضاءة بالكامل . يستيقظ بطل بريل في حفرة لا يمكنه الخروج منها و بعد لأي و يأس يخرجه أحدهم فيجد أمريكا تخوض حرباً و لكنها هذه المرة تخوضها ضد أمريكا نفسها . أوغس
Fatema Hassan , bahrain
( إحذرن الرجال في أربعينهم)

رجل في الظلام ل بول أوستر
رواية تحصد الإعجاب بسهولة ..

يسترد أوغست بريل ك رجل سبعيني مشبوح لوحده في ظلمته- التي هي أصل كل بلاء -بهذا السرد عافية شبابه ليواجه مستقبله المؤسف.. أوغست الزوج .. الأب و الجد، أرمل مقعد بعد تعرضه لحادثة مؤسف يعيش مع ابنته المطلقة و حفيدته التي فقدت حبيبها مؤخرًا ، ثلاث حيوات من العجز الذي يخلفه الفقد بكافة درجاته مما يجعل أوغست في قمة القلق ليس على نفسه فقط بل على ابنته مريام وحفيدته كاتيا كذلك، من باب تزجية الوقت في الليل ولتبديد الظلمة سيتس
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
أغرمت بها للأمانة، ولم تأخذ مني سوى جلستين.. لم أكتب لها مراجعة تليق بها ولكن يكفي بأن أقول أنها جميلة جداً..!
أحببت بول أوستر أكثر! يا لأناقة قلمه هذا المجنون.. !
Jun 16, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
رجل في الظلام
بــول أوستـر

هنا ستتساءل كثيرا عن أي ظلام يتحدث هذا البول أوستر، هل يتحدث عن ؛
ظلام الوحدة، ظلام الحرب، ظلام القدر الذي يسوقنا دون قدرة منا على التغيير أم ظلام خطايانا الصغيرة القابعة في أجزاء من ذاكرتنا والتي تقض مضاجعنا دوما

ظلام الوحدة
يتحدث أوستر عن ظلام الوحدة والأرق الذي قد يغزونا في أي وقت ليحيل حيواتنا إلى جحيم حقيقي من خلال الشخصية الرئيسية (أوغست بريل) والذي يتشاغل عن هذا الأمر بتأليف قصص خيالية ليتسلى بها لا ليكتبها في الصباح عندما يبدأ العصفور المجاور لنافذته أولى
Sep 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written to be read through the night, in one night, reaching the last pages at dawn...
Jim Elkins
What it Means to be Too Professional, Too Fluent

There is something primitive about Paul Auster. This primitiveness is lodged exactly where it should not be, in the fluency and ease of his storytelling. As reviewers always say, he is an inexhaustible source of stories, and in this book the stories never stop: there’s never any danger of slowing down; that is fitting because somehow slowing down feels like treacherous thing to do. What would happen if one story failed to succeed the last in a seam
Jan 06, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reminded me of a Borges story I read in a high school Spanish class (a grita grande to Señor Marti!) in which a guy is reading a book about a character coming to murder a man reading a book and the reader looks out his window and sees a man coming exactly as described in the book. I just skimmed "The Garden of Forking Paths" and there's a similar but not exact scenario toward the end of that one. Lots of Borges stories involve porous borders between parallel worlds, often also involving spy nove ...more
Jul 29, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh. I feel sort of like a fraud reviewing this book when it is the first Auster I have actually read, but whatever. I was not so impressed. The story-within-a-story, blurring-the-boundaries-between-narrator-and-characters might have felt fresh and exciting back in 1992, but now it just seems cliched and boring. I liked the idea of an alternative United States at war with itself instead of Iraq, but when the narrative abandoned this thread, I lost interest. Do we really another book with an agin ...more
Jul 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Man in the Dark resembles an entire series of the Twilight Zone compacted neatly into a single episode. Auster has become known for spinning small stories within larger ones, but now his inner narratives have inner narratives. It all comes to resemble the skin of an onion. I’ve always wished he’d write a book of short fictional pieces, but one only has to look to his body of work for dozens of them. Jorge Luis Borges spoke once about the conjunction of a mirror and an encyclopedia, but Paul Aust ...more
Mar 29, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
I'm not sure what compelled me to pick this up. I think the line 'Themes are hungry ghosts' caught my eye. Interesting phrase, I thought.

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
Tôi lúc nào cũng thật thích những tác giả ngồi yên lặng và chiêm nghiệm về cuộc đời, về số phận, về sự tiếp diễn bất tận của những mảng sống khác nhau, trôi nổi, chơi với, chấp chới trong bản ngã của mình, trong ranh giới của xã hội, và trong cõi siêu hình đầy ám ảnh của việc làm người. Nên tôi thích cách Paul Auster viết. Có điều từ Moon Palace, qua Man in the Dark là một sự thụt lùi mà nói đúng hơn, việc tiêm vào trong tác phẩm Man in the dark chút dư vị của thời cuộc bao gồm chiến tranh khiến ...more
M. Sarki
Dec 24, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sentimental creepy people
One of the worst books I have read in recent memory. I would bet there haven't been five others I have at least attempted this past twelve months that have been worse than this sentimental fluff. How a writer as good as Paul Auster could have written something like this let alone have it published is beyond me. This book will do nothing but leave a bad mark on his memory and it did not have to be. Not everything we write is worth keeping. There is something delusional or greedy in the publicatio ...more
Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A novel employing postmodern storytelling devices to illustrate the inadequacy of postmodernism in making sense of the world after 9/11.

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
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Louize by: Bennard
Shelves: favorites, 2014
From The Page Walker

Life From Another Angle

August Brill is the Man in the Dark. He is a 72 year-old nursing an injured leg in his daughter’s home in Vermont –a house of mourning by all accounts, really. He spends his sleepless night conjuring stories in his head to save himself from remembering. Yet, every now and then, he loses concentration and finds himself recalling memories of his dead wife, his son-in-law walking out on her daughter, and the tragic death of his granddaughter’s boyfriend.
Nov 20, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Auster, Paul. MAN IN THE DARK. (2008). **1/2. I read and collect Auster’s books, but this one leaves me non-plussed. When I got to the end of the book, I thought that I had bought a copy with the last fifty pages missing. The plot that he introduces in the beginning of the novel simply disappears, and the alternative plot – loosely related to the first – appears, but only developed to a point. Then, it stops and the book is over. The protagonist is August Brill, a 72-year old retired book critic ...more
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Die Durschnittsbewertung liegt bei 3,5 Sternen und längere Zeit dachte ich, dass meine Bewertung mindestens einen Stern besser ausfallen würde.
Der alte Mann, der schlaflos im Dunkel liegt, denkt sich eine sehr spannende Geschichte aus um sich die Zeit zu vertreiben - das ist der erste Teil des Buchs. Im zweiten Teil unterhält er sich mit seiner Enkelin über seine Vergangenheit. Beide Teile haben mir gut gefallen - der Zusammenhang ist aber eher lose und ich bin nicht sicher, ob man die Geschicht
Sep 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
Es que cuando Paul se pone, se pone...
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
Aug 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
Listen: Owen Brick has come unstuck in time awakened in a hole in a battlefield in an alternate America. He's now been chosen as the assassin (after a fashion) of the man in the high castle responsible for imagining this war-torn America into existence. Along the way he meets a feisty waitress (blonde) and his high school crush (brunette). Meanwhile, an old man recovering from a car wreck (the same man who is imagining this alternate universe wherein Brick is trapped) has an incredibly dumbed-do ...more
Jul 07, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Rounded down from a 2.5. It was fine, I guess. I mean, I read it pretty quickly, and was occasionally compelled by the story-within-story. The long expository bits of dialogue weren't all that great for me, particularly the long digressions about movie analysis. I can't even really think of anything to say about this book, actually, and only a day later nothing registers as particularly memorable, which is probably a sign that this book isn't really all that great, and which earns the rounding d ...more
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I'm very disappointed, it's the third novel by Auster i read, The first one was The New york Trilogy and it became one of my best all times novels, the second one was The Book of Illusion and i liked it so much.

Here and except for the idea of killing the author by his invented hero and the discussions about the movies, every thing was silly and amateur. The long dialogue between August and his granddaughter Katya was very boring and came from the ancient times of writing novels.

I think this nove
Maryam Muhammadi
اولين كتابى بود كه از استر مى خواندم. روايت جذاب و گيرايى داشت. طرح كلى داستان كمى تكرارى بود ولى اين موضوع از جذابيت كتاب كم نكرده بود. تغيير زاويه ديد و تعليق و تعدد شخصيت ها (چرا كه ناهماهنگى و آشفتگى ايجاد نميكرد) را ميتوانم از ويژگى هاى مثبت داستان بيان كنم. به نظرم استفاده از واژه تاريكى و پرداختن به آن براى توصيف بخشى از زندگى كاتيا، آگست و بريك كه نامعلوم و دلهره آوره، انتخاب خيلى خوبى بود. كتاب قابليت طولانىتر بودن و پرداختن به بريك و زندگى ميريام را داشت ولى زود تمام شد. ...more
Nov 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

تنها خوبانند که نسبت به خوبی خود تردید دارند و همین است که باعث می شود خوب بمانند.بدها هرگاه خوبی می کنند از آن آگاه می شوند، ولی خوبها هیچ نمی دانند.زندگی را صرف بخشیدن دیگران می کنند ، اما نمی توانند خود را ببخشند.
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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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