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Day/Night

Travels in the Scriptorium and Man in the Dark

Paul Auster

Picador

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ONE VOLUME, TWO EXISTENTIAL CLASSICS BY BESTSELLING NOVELIST PAUL AUSTER

Day/Night brings together two metaphysical novels that mirror each other and are meant to be read in tandem: two men, each confined to a room, one suddenly alert to his existence, the other desperate to escape into sleep.

In Travels in the Scriptorium (2007), elderly Mr. Blank wakes in an unfamiliar cell, with no memory of who he is or how he got there. He must use the few objects he finds and the information imparted by the day’s string of visitors to cobble together an idea of his identity. In Man in the Dark (2008), another old man, August Brill, suffering from insomnia, struggles to push away thoughts of painful personal losses by imagining what might have been.

Who are we? What is real and not real? How does the political intersect with the personal? After great loss, why are some of us unable to go on? “One of America’s greats”* and “a descendant of Kafka and Borges,”** Auster explores in these two small masterpieces some of our most pressing philosophical concerns.

*Time Out (Chicago)
**Booklist

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TRAVELS IN THE SCRIPTORIUM
 
for Lloyd Hustvedt
(in memory)
 
The old man sits on the edge of the narrow bed, palms spread out on his knees, head down, staring at the floor. He has no idea that a camera is planted in the ceiling directly above him. The shutter clicks silently once every second, producing eighty-six thousand four hundred still photos with each revolution of the earth. Even if he knew he was being watched, it wouldn’t make any difference. His mind is elsewhere, stranded among the figments in his head as he searches for an answer to the question that
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Praise for Day/Night

Praise for Travels in the Scriptorium

“Auster has an enormous talent for creating worlds that are both fantastic and believable....His novels are uniformly difficult to put down, a testament to his storytelling gifts.”—Timothy Peters, San Francisco Chronicle

“Archly playful and shrewdly philosophical...Celebrates the power of the imagination...the labyrinthine nature of the mind...A tribute to the transcendence of stories.”—Donna Seaman, Booklist

Praise for Man in the Dark

“Tenderness yoked to violence, literary experiment without irony—Paul Auster has outdone himself.”—John Brenkman, The Village Voice

“A novel that kept my attention from the first page all the way to the last. Frankly, it hypnotized me.”—NPR’s All Things Considered

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Paul Auster

  • Paul Auster is the bestselling author of Sunset Park, Invisible, Man in the Dark, The Book of Illusions, and The New York Trilogy, among many other works. His books have been translated into forty-three languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Day/Night

Travels in the Scriptorium and Man in the Dark

Paul Auster

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