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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  15,931 ratings  ·  767 reviews
هر چیز ممکن است اتفاق بیفتد ، هر طور که باشد، همیشه اتفاق میفتد
Paperback, 335 pages
Published 2005 by نشر افق (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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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
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
Ian "Marvin" Graye

Fireworks Over Brooklyn

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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Mattia Ravasi
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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.
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
Infada Spain
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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! ...more
Jim Elkins
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
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Leviathan focuses on the interior world of a writer, Benjamin Sachs, as told by his best friend Peter Aaron (also a writer). The tale is dark, twisty and fascinating. I was in the mood for a dose of Auster and the novel delivered.
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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181021: well. i have read 17 books by auster, over the years (decades...), ranging widely in appreciation from great joy to good to ok, so i have decided to do this kind of (meta? mega?) review of what are his apparent concerns, who are his usual characters, his usual world, his usual interpersonal relationships, how the plot will be driven or informed by coincidence, how these are particularly literary works that yes you can read twice or more...

1) in silence, aside from occasional background h
For me the tale did not merit the lengthy narrative, the book within the book seemed contrived and interfered with the tension. I felt it was too much blathering and was in need of editing. Perhaps it's a case of not being able to latch on to either of the main male characters as sympathetic or interesting. The female protagonists started out as more captivating particularly since I'd seen museum exhibits of Sophie Calle and immediately recognized her in Maria but they were reduced to pretty muc ...more
David Sweeney
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW! WOW! WOW! No wonder Siri married him. I really think serious stalking in Brooklyn is a possibility my next trip to New York. I utterly ADORED this book. Complete satisfaction. It is not a very long book but it is incredibly dense and the narrative moves along at a good clip. This is the fourth Paul Auster I have read this year and none have been the same. BUT BUT I strongly suspect that this may not be for everyone. It is almost review proof because you really can't say much about the plot. ...more
Had to read it for a book club I go, but in all honesty, I couldn't get into the book. Slow, tedious, uninteresting. Didn't enjoy the prose or the characters.
Ended up flipping pages and finally stoppes reading almost at half the book.
Definitely, not for me.
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
more like a 2.5

more often than not, if i want to give a book less than 4 stars, I shouldn't be rating it because I'm not the intended audience - it's why I didn't rate the handmaid's tale, and why I put many other books down that i won't post about; there's no point - why would you want to read about my opinion if i don't enjoy the very essence of a book?

but i'm pretty sure i'm the intended audience for this - it's literary crime with a stunning concept. A man blows himself up, and his best fri
Bindu Manoj
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Six days ago, a man blew himself up by the side of a road in Wisconsin,"

thus starts the gripping tale of Benjamin Sachs. There are books that make you cry, ones that make you smile and sometimes laugh, some make you think and a few that refuse to leave your mind. Then there are those rare ones that leave you with a haunting , disturbing feeling that is beyond any definition. And this is one of those rare ones.

As soon as author Paul Aaron catches the news item in The New York Times, he is absolu
Jeff Sorensen
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always mistakenly think this was the first book I ever read by Paul Auster. It wasn't. Moon Palace was. I do remember reading an advance copy of this that I pulled off the shelves of the publisher I worked for at the time. It felt like I was stealing, though he wouldn't have cared, and couldn't have ever known I did that unless I told him. By chance, the day I placed it back on the shelf, the publisher gave it & that Sun & Moon Press book The Art of Hunger to one of the staff members to review ...more
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-books
In Leviathan, Auster portrays the American artistic and political counterculture of the eighties through vividly defined characters, specially Ben Sachs. Its hard to encapsulate this book into any genre because although it acts like a thriller, the argumental weight is not placed on a singular dreadful event but rather on the relationships between the characters, specially during the first part of the book.
The developement of the argument is so thrilling and tangled that it gives the reader lit
Ileana Cartagena
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
«If it still shocks me to report what happened, that is because the real is always ahead of what we can imagine. No matter how wild we think our inventions might be, they can never match the unpredictability of what the real world continually spews forth. This lesson seems inescapable to me now. Anything can happen. And one way or another, it always does.»
[p. 180]
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A man dies, his friend recollects their entire relationship, from their first unlikely meeting to their last, sadly unlikely as well, encounter. This is the entire novel in a nutshell: a straightforward story, yet a "human, all too human" kind of story. As we progress through Peter Aaron's (if you're familiar with Auster, his character, along with Benjamin Sachs, will be pretty easy to identitify) memories, we begin to feel his heartfelt friendship with his good soldier///friend, to the point th ...more
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book cover to cover in a single day. Auster is a genius. I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN.
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another deliciously entertaining ouroboros of a novel. The hallmarks of Auster's fiction are all in great supply: noir sleuthing, mysterious bombings, life-imitating-art-imitating-life, strange coincidences, meditations on the slipperiness of truth. Let's face it, every Auster novel should be called the Music of Chance, except the Music of Chance, which should be called Thursdays with Mitzy. ...more
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mount-tbr-2018
I just love Paul Auster.
And to think, I discovered him in the Denver airport, when I needed a book to read on the next leg of a flight.
Auster’s novels are like Matryoshka dolls, & are best read in as few sittings as possible. He casts a spell, & you don’t want to break it.
Here, he tells the unraveling of a man from novelist & husband to roaming terrorist, from his best friend’s perspective over 20 years. You can’t put it down. So go pick it up.
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. Vintage Auster, bursting with life in all its strangeness.

"Anything can happen. And I've way or another, it always does"
Mark Hennion
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary, favorites
A reviewer from New York Time Magazine is blurbed inside the trade edition of Leviathan saying that this book is "Auster's most accessible, engaging book." I often roll my eyes at most of the blurbs and reviews given to my favorite authors, most often I suppose because one actually wonders whether the reviewer actually read the book and gave it more than the barest treatment to prepare a review.

In this case, my opinion falters. Leviathan is Auster's best work, and I feel a far better word than a
Mar 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It was a very quick read, but the story and the writing were compelling.

Peter Aaron, a writer, tells this story of his best friend Benjamin Sachs, also a writer. The book starts with Peter telling us about Ben's death in the 1990's -- he accidently blew himself to pieces on the side of a road in Wisconsin while making a bomb -- and how Peter has to write Ben's story before the authorities figure out who the dead man is. Then Peter starts at the beginning -- how he an
Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Elegant Examination Of One Character's Descent Into Madness

Noted Brooklyn, New York-based novelist Paul Auster is in fine form in his novel "Leviathan", which can be regarded as an interesting, highly literate, example of crime fiction which ought to resonate with anyone interested in seeing a character's descent into madness. In this early 1990s novel, Auster has cast himself as a fictional doppelganger, the novelist Peter Aaron, who witnesses the gradual descent into madness by his best friend
I love Auster, and "The New York Trilogy" is probably up there in my top ten books. But "Leviathan" left me deeply unsatisfied. Overall, the structure did not work for me, and while some of the themes and tropes are vintage Auster this time they didn't coalesce.

There was a lot in here, as Sachs trashes one part of his life after another in some search of who-knows-what (success? identity? self-respect?) that just felt repetitive and monotonous. It's not that Sachs is unlikable, but something wo
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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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