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A luminous and unforgettable first novel by an astonishing new voice in fiction, hailed by Esquire magazine as "one of America's best young writers."

Samson Greene, a young and popular professor at Columbia, is found wandering in the Nevada desert. When his wife, Anna, comes to bring him home, she finds a man who remembers nothing, not even his own name. The removal of a small brain tumor saves his life, but his memories beyond the age of twelve are permanently lost.

Here is the story of a keenly intelligent, sensitive man returned to a life in which everything is strange and new. An emigrant from his own life, set free from all that once defined him, Samson Greene believes he has nothing left to lose. So, when a charismatic scientist asks him to participate in a bold experiment, he agrees. Launched into a turbulent journey that takes him to the furthest extremes of solitude and intimacy, what he gains is nothing short of the revelation of what it means to be human.

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"Casually dazzling...thoroughly riveting. (Grade: A)" — Entertainment Weekly

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"[M]ysterious and compelling....Krauss brings to her work a poet's gift for seizing upon small but potent details....[A] novel that...is hard to forget." Los Angeles Times Book Review

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"By turns creepy, witty, austere, and vibey....A major contribution to the art of collective obliviousness, a lonely meditation on the nature of memory and loss." Esquire

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"[G]reat nuance and sophisticated prose that seduces you with its cadences....You'll savor the last page — and be hungry for future work from this talented author." The Washington Post Book World

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"A provocative first novel...beautifully written, intellectually engaging...Krauss has a remarkable feel for what is ultimately unfathomable." Chicago Tribune

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"A deeply philosophical novel, one that strikes upon the nagging paradoxes of modern life...With the character of Samson Greene, Nicole Krauss puts a human face on these concerns, and — in prose that shimmers with intelligence — tells us his potent and memorable story." The Sun-Sentinel

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"Krauss's work is both dreamy and precise, direct and mysterious, like a more austere Ellen Gilchrist or Ian McEwan." Book Forum

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"Unique....Intriguing....It is impossible to read this book without wondering what you would do in the same situation; that reason alone is enough to pick it up." The Denver Post

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"[A] deft comedy of unfamiliarity...[A] lucid consideration of the metaphysics of mind-shuffling...Krauss celebrates the anything-but-simple art of human connection." San Francisco Chronicle

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"Memory and the ramifications of losing it are explored with all the precision of a CAT scan....Charges bravely into a tangle of difficult questions." San Diego Union-Tribune

About the Author

Nicole Krauss was born in New York in 1974 and lives in Brooklyn. She has published in Esquire, the Paris Review, and Best American Short Stories. Called "one of the most impressive debuts of 2002" by Esquire, Man Walks Into a Room was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award.

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amyjocreighton, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by amyjocreighton)
This book engaged a very interesting idea of maintaing a mature brain while losing the majority of your memory. I found that the main character Samson was extremely likable, although you question why he finds no desire to relearn his adult past. It asks questions that would actually be asked in such a situation while still being a relatable story.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385721912
Author:
Krauss, Nicole
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
College teachers
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20031131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 0.6 in 0.45 lb

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Product details 256 pages Anchor Books/Doubleday - English 9780385721912 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Casually dazzling...thoroughly riveting. (Grade: A)" —
"Review" by , "[M]ysterious and compelling....Krauss brings to her work a poet's gift for seizing upon small but potent details....[A] novel that...is hard to forget."
"Review" by , "By turns creepy, witty, austere, and vibey....A major contribution to the art of collective obliviousness, a lonely meditation on the nature of memory and loss."
"Review" by , "[G]reat nuance and sophisticated prose that seduces you with its cadences....You'll savor the last page — and be hungry for future work from this talented author."
"Review" by , "A provocative first novel...beautifully written, intellectually engaging...Krauss has a remarkable feel for what is ultimately unfathomable."
"Review" by , "A deeply philosophical novel, one that strikes upon the nagging paradoxes of modern life...With the character of Samson Greene, Nicole Krauss puts a human face on these concerns, and — in prose that shimmers with intelligence — tells us his potent and memorable story."
"Review" by , "Krauss's work is both dreamy and precise, direct and mysterious, like a more austere Ellen Gilchrist or Ian McEwan."
"Review" by , "Unique....Intriguing....It is impossible to read this book without wondering what you would do in the same situation; that reason alone is enough to pick it up."
"Review" by , "[A] deft comedy of unfamiliarity...[A] lucid consideration of the metaphysics of mind-shuffling...Krauss celebrates the anything-but-simple art of human connection."
"Review" by , "Memory and the ramifications of losing it are explored with all the precision of a CAT scan....Charges bravely into a tangle of difficult questions."
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