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Leviathan by Paul Auster
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Leviathan (original 1992; edition 1998)

by Paul Auster (Author)

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A "compelling" (Los Angeles Times) tale of friendship, betrayal, estrangement, and the unpredictable intrusions of violence in the everyday - from the author of the forthcoming 4 3 2 1:  A Novel "Six days ago, a man blew himself up by the side of a road in northern Wisconsin. . . ." So begins the story by Peter Aaron about his best friend, Benjamin Sachs. Sachs had a marriage Aaron envied, an intelligence he admired, a world he shared. And then suddenly, after a near-fatal fall that might or might not have been intentional, Sachs disappeared. Now Aaron must piece together the life that led to Sach's death. His sole aim is to tell the truth and preserve it, before those who are investigating the case invent an account of their own.… (more)
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Leviathan by Paul Auster (1992)

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An incredible book, compelling from the start. Though the book commits a very serious taboo, focusing not only on an author, but also the writing of a book, it does not estrange the reader. Instead, the main character tells the story of his dead friend before the authorities can figure out what happened and broadcast their own findings. In the process, everything about the main character is revealed.
Similar to other absurd books like Murakami, but works so much better... ( )
  MXMLLN | Jan 12, 2024 |
Der Schriftsteller Peter Aaron will die Todesumstände und die Lebensgeschichte von Ben Sachs ermitteln. Einst waren sie Freunde. Bis Reagan kam und mit ihm der literarische Erfolg für Aaron und die politische Verbitterung für Sachs. Paul Austers Roman ist ein politisches Gleichnis, aber zuallererst handelt er von der Freundschaft zweier Männer und vom Verrat des einen, von sexueller Begierde und davon wie schnell Schicksal, Zufall;und Gewalt ein geordnetes Leben zerstören können.
  Fredo68 | May 18, 2020 |
Disappointing read. It began pretty promising, but that impression was ruined by an immense focus on creating a 10-15-pages long backstory for every single character, which did not help to develop the plot whatsoever. It was a prequel within the novel. Not what I was looking for. ( )
  AutorSvenHensel | Dec 5, 2019 |
This is my favorite book ever (this was probably the eighth or ninth time I've read it). The details are fantastic. The whole story depends largely on coincidence, but it never feels contrived. ( )
  eclecticheart | Dec 10, 2018 |
Explaining a man who had blown himself up.
  brendanus | Oct 11, 2018 |
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Every actual State is corrupt.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
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for Don DeLillo
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Six days ago, a man blew himself up by the side of a road in northern Wisconsin.
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A "compelling" (Los Angeles Times) tale of friendship, betrayal, estrangement, and the unpredictable intrusions of violence in the everyday - from the author of the forthcoming 4 3 2 1:  A Novel "Six days ago, a man blew himself up by the side of a road in northern Wisconsin. . . ." So begins the story by Peter Aaron about his best friend, Benjamin Sachs. Sachs had a marriage Aaron envied, an intelligence he admired, a world he shared. And then suddenly, after a near-fatal fall that might or might not have been intentional, Sachs disappeared. Now Aaron must piece together the life that led to Sach's death. His sole aim is to tell the truth and preserve it, before those who are investigating the case invent an account of their own.

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