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Travels in the Scriptoriumby Paul Auster
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An old man awakens, disoriented, in an unfamiliar chamber. With no memory of who he is or how he has arrived there, he pores over the relics on the desk, examining the circumstances of his confinement and searching his own hazy mind for clues.
Determining that he is locked in, the man—identified only as Mr. Blank—begins reading a manuscript he finds on the desk, the story of another prisoner, set in an alternate world the man doesn't recognize. Nevertheless, the pages seem to have been left for him, along with a haunting set of photographs. As the day passes, various characters call on the man in his cell—vaguely familiar people, some who seem to resent him for crimes he can't remember—and each brings frustrating hints of his identity and his past. All the while an overhead camera clicks and clicks, recording his movements, and a microphone records every sound in the room. Someone is watching.
Both chilling and poignant, Travels in the Scriptorium is vintage Paul Auster: mysterious texts, fluid identities, a hidden past, and, somewhere, an obscure tormentor. And yet, as we discover during one day in the life of Mr. Blank, his world is not so different from our own.
In this Rclaustrophobic allegoryS ("Publishers Weekly"), a man pieces together clues to his past--and the identity of his captors--when he wakes in an unfamiliar chamber equipped with cameras, a manuscript, and a haunting set of photographs. Unabridged. 4 CDs.
A man pieces together clues to his past—and the identity of his captors—in this fantastic, labyrinthine novel.
About the Author
Paul Auster is the bestselling author of "Oracle Night", "The Book of Illusions", and "Timbuktu". "I Thought My Father Was God", the NPR National Story Project anthology, which he edited, was also a national bestseller. His work has been translated into thirty languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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