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Paul Auster

Oracle Night

 
 
Author
Paul Auster.
Publisher Faber & Faber  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 5 x 0.6 inches
ISBN 9780571276622
Pages/Publication Date 207/2004
Daedalus Item Code 53924
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Several months into his recovery from a near-fatal illness, 34-year-old novelist Sidney Orr enters a stationery shop in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn and buys a blue notebook. It is September 18, 1982, and for the next nine days Orr will live under the spell of this blank book, trapped inside a world of premonitions and puzzling events that threaten to destroy his marriage and undermine his faith in reality. Why does his wife suddenly break down in tears in the backseat of a taxi just hours after Sidney begins writing in the notebook? Why does the owner of the stationery shop close down his business the next day? What are the connections between a 1938 Warsaw telephone directory and a lost novel in which the hero can predict the future? Paul Auster returns to some of his favorite themes—the act of writing compulsively, the alter ego, the seemingly coincidental structure underlying reality, the notebook as artifact, the lost work—in a novel that reads like an old-fashioned ghost story. But there are no ghosts in this book, only flesh-and-blood human beings, wandering through the haunted realms of everyday life.
 
 
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