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The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster

The Book of Illusions (original 2002; edition 2003)

by Paul Auster

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Title:The Book of Illusions
Authors:Paul Auster
Info:Faber and Faber (2003), Edition: Export ed, Paperback, 336 pages
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The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster (2002)

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ოსტერის სტილი მომწონს, ადვილად იკითხება და კარგად ახერხებს მკითხველის სხვადასხვა ამბებში ჩათრევას, მაშინაც კი როდესაც ამბავს უბრალოდ გასაღები არ აქვს.
მაგრამ ცოტა არ იყოს მომბეზრდა რაღაცეები, მაგალითად:
1. მთხრობელი თითქმის ყოველთვის მწერალია (მთარგმნელი, ლიტერატურის პროფესორი) და ვერმონტში, ახალ ინგლისში, ან ნიუ იორკში ცხოვრობს.
2. მთხრობელი ყოველთვის დეპრესიული ტიპია, ცოლ-შვილი თითქმის ყოველთვის მკვდარი ყავს, ავია ან ავტო კატასტროფაში.
3. ერთია როცა მწერალი გთავაზობს ინტრიგას რომელიც საბოლოოდ პერსონაჟის შინაგან სამყაროს ან სიტუაციის ასახვას ემსახურება, მაგრამ მეორე როცა ინტრიგა არაფერს ემსახურება.

საერთო ჯამში საინტერესო წიგნია, მაგრამ უკეთესს ველოდი, ცოტა განსხვავებულს იმისგან რაც წამიკითხავს, კითხვისას არ მშორდებოდა იმის განცდა რომ ოსტერი ყოველ ნოველაში საკუთარ პროტიტიპებს სვავს.
საინტერესო პერსონაჟებიდან გამოვყოფდი მხოლოდ ჰექტორს და ისიც გარკვეულ მომენტებში. ასევე ცოტა ზედმეტად მომეჩვენა სილვია და მასთან დაკავშირებული ამბავი. ( )
  Misha.Kaulashvili | Aug 22, 2016 |
Picked it up in an airport bookstore in Denver on my first trip to Tacoma. It is beautifully written. ( )
  LauraCerone | May 26, 2016 |
Not a good book. Wasnt sure what the author was trying to tell :-(. ( )
  _RSK | Jan 26, 2016 |
Six years after losing hsi wife and two young sons in an airplane crash, Vermont
professor David Zimmer spends waking hours mired in a blur of alcoholic grief and self-pity.
Then, watching television one night, he stumbles upon a a clip from a a lost film by silent comedian
Hector Mann. Zimmer's interest is piqued, and he soon finds himself embarking on a journey around
the world to research a book on this mysterious figure, who vanished from sight in 1929 and has been
presumed dead for sixty years.
  TIISHARED | Jun 23, 2014 |
Fantastic book from the 1001 books list. A writer puts his family on a plane to meet a deadline, & the plane crashes, killing all souls on board. Spiraling into a deep depression, he nearly drinks himself to death till he happens on an obscure black & white silent comedy featuring Hector, who is himself a mystery because he was only on the movie scene long enough to create 12 films, then disappeared. Our professor decides to travel the world to see these 12 movies, which were mailed to movie houses in different cities worldwide, by a mysterious sender. At the end of this odyssey, he writes the only definitive book on Hector, & receives a letter by a woman calling herself Hector's wife, & inviting him to travel to New Mexico to see Hector before he passes away. Bit by bit, Hector's life is revealed, & it's an enthralling tale. ( )
  Lisa.Johnson.James | Apr 13, 2014 |
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David Zimmer, professor in Vermont, verliest zijn vrouw en twee zoontjes bij een vliegtuigongeluk. Zes maanden lang brengt hij de dag door in een waas van dronkemanstranen en zelfmedelijden. Op een avond ziet hij op televisie een stukje van een verloren gegane stomme film, gemaakt door een komiek, Hector Mann. Voor het eerst in maanden moet hij lachen. En voor hij het weet heeft hij zich ingegraven in het leven van de mysterieuze Mann, die van de aardbodem verdween in 1929.
Zimmer schrijft de eerste serieuze studie van Manns werk en houdt zo het verdriet op draaglijke afstand. Een jaar na de verschijning van het boek krijgt hij een brief van iemand die beweert de vrouw van Mann te zijn. Hij wordt uitgenodigd Mann te komen bezoeken. Is dit een grap of leeft Hector Mann echt nog? Zimmer aarzelt. Dan verschijnt op een avond een vreemde vrouw aan zijn deur, en zij neemt de beslissing voor hem. Dat verandert zijn leven voor altijd.
Een met een adembenemende precisie en dwingende noodzaak geschreven roman, een boek dat de lezer onderdompelt in een universum waar het komische en het tragische, realiteit en verbeelding, geweld en tederheid samenvloeien.

*Auster is het beste soort import uit Amerika: een experimenteel schrijver die een groot publiek aanspreekt. - The Guardian

*Deze kunstieg en elegante roman zou weleens Austers beste boek tot nu toe kunnen zijn. - Peter Carey

*Een bedwelmend nieuw hoogtepunt in het oeuvre van Auster. - Jonathan Lethem
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0312421818, Paperback)

Vermont professor David Zimmer is a broken man. The protagonist of Paul Auster's 10th novel, The Book of Illusions, hits a period in which life seemed to be working aggressively against him. After his wife and sons are killed in an airplane crash, Zimmer becomes an alcoholic recluse, fond of emptying his bottle of sleeping pills into his palm, contemplating his next move. But one night, while watching a television documentary, Zimmer's attention is caught by the silent-film comedian Hector Mann, who had disappeared without a trace in 1929 and who was considered long-dead. Soon, Zimmer begins work on a book about Mann's newly discovered films (copies of which had been sent, anonymously, to film archives around the world). The spirit of Hector Mann keeps David Zimmer alive for a year. When a letter arrives from someone claiming to be Hector Mann's wife, announcing that Mann had read Zimmer's book and would like to meet him, it is as if fate has tossed Zimmer from one hand to the other: from grief and loss to desire and confusion.

Although film images are technically "illusions," this deft and layered novel is not so much about conscious illusion or trickery as about the traces we leave behind us: words, images, memories. Children are one obvious trace, but in this book, they are not allowed to carry their parents forward. They die early: Hector Mann losing his 3-year-old son to a bee sting just as David Zimmer has lost his two sons in the crash. The second half of The Book of Illusions is given over to a love affair, and to Zimmer's attempt to save something of Hector Mann, and of the others he has loved. In the end, what really survives of us on earth--what flickering immortality we are permitted--is left to the reader to surmise. --Regina Marler

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"Six months after losing his wife and two young sons in an airplane crash, Vermont professor David Zimmer spends his waking hours in a blur of alcoholic grief and self-pity. Then, watching television one night, he stumbles upon a clip from a lost film by the silent comedian Hector Mann. Zimmer's interest is piqued, and soon finds himself embarking on a journey around the world to study the works of this mysterious figure, who vanished from sight in 1929." "Who was Hector Mann? An Argentinian-born comic genius, with a signature white suit and fluttering black mustache, a master of "backpedals and dodges...sudden torques and lunging pavanes...double takes and hop-steps and rhumba swivels." Presumed dead for sixty years, he had flashed briefly across American movie screens, tantalizing the public with the promise of a brilliant future, and then, just as the silent era came to an end, he walked out of his house one January morning and was never heard from again." "Zimmer's research leads him to write the first full-length study of Hector's films. When the book is published the following year, a letter turns up in Zimmer's mailbox bearing a return address from a small town in New Mexico - supposedly written by Hector's wife: "Hector has read your book and would like to meet you. Are you interested in paying us a visit?" Is the letter a hoax, or is Hector Mann still alive? Torn between doubt and belief, Zimmer hesitates, until one night a strange woman appears on his doorstep and makes the decision for him, changing his life forever."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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