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A provocative novel about friendship and betrayal, sexual desire and estrangement — about the intrusions of the unpredictable into the everday. Leviathan reveals Paul Auster at his prime, confecting worlds of tremendous complication and bizarre plausibility.

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New York Times bestselling author Paul Auster (The New York Trilogy) opens Leviathan with the tearing of a bomb explosion and the death of one Benjamin Sachs. Bens one-time best friend, Peter Aaron, begins to retrospectively investigate the transformation that led Ben from his enviable, stable life to one of a recluse. Both were once intelligent, yet struggling novelists until Bens near-death experience falling from a fire escape triggers a tumble in which he becomes withdrawn and disturbed, living alone and building bombs in a far-off cabin. That is, until he mysteriously disappears, leaving behind only a manuscript titled Leviathan, pages rustling in the wind.

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So begins the story told by Peter Aaron and 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 night 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.

Paul Auster's extraordinary seventh novel is about friendship and betrayal, sexual desire and estrangement, and the unpredictable instrusions of violence in the everyday. It is a daring and immensely moving story by an author whom The Times Literary Supplement has called "one of America's most spectacularly inventive writers."

About the Author

Paul Auster is the bestselling author of thirteen novels. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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amichaeldaily, April 9, 2008 (view all comments by amichaeldaily)
Auster is best known for his anti-detective novel cycle, The New York Trilogy, but Leviathan is quite simply the best of his early work. The novel tells, enigmatically, the story of a bombing campaign carried out by a fomer New Left radical.

It is also, like all of Auster's novels, autobiographical and situational, incorporating moments from both Auster's own life and the life of New York City into the fabric of the text.

In this case, Auster harnesses his own personal experiences of 60's radicalism (he was at Columbia at the same time as Mark Rudd and other radicals who would go on to form the Weather Organization), the exciting if dangerous New York of the early 80's, personal relationships (Auster's relationship with the French artist Sophie Calle is thinly disguised in the novel), and the disaffection and eventual compromise of the 60's generation.

Auster manages, in his typically masterful style, to weave all these themes into what, on its face, seems a simple mystery story. A simple mystery, yes, but also a penetrating examination of the collapse of the 1960's secular religion in the bitterness of growing old, the political and cultural disillusionment of Reagan America, and the lasting guilt of personal compromise.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140178135
Author:
Auster, Paul
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Detective and mystery stories
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 9
Publication Date:
19930931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
7.92x5.04x.57 in. .44 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by ,
New York Times bestselling author Paul Auster (The New York Trilogy) opens Leviathan with the tearing of a bomb explosion and the death of one Benjamin Sachs. Bens one-time best friend, Peter Aaron, begins to retrospectively investigate the transformation that led Ben from his enviable, stable life to one of a recluse. Both were once intelligent, yet struggling novelists until Bens near-death experience falling from a fire escape triggers a tumble in which he becomes withdrawn and disturbed, living alone and building bombs in a far-off cabin. That is, until he mysteriously disappears, leaving behind only a manuscript titled Leviathan, pages rustling in the wind.
"Synopsis" by ,
So begins the story told by Peter Aaron and 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 night 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.

Paul Auster's extraordinary seventh novel is about friendship and betrayal, sexual desire and estrangement, and the unpredictable instrusions of violence in the everyday. It is a daring and immensely moving story by an author whom The Times Literary Supplement has called "one of America's most spectacularly inventive writers."

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