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The Book of Illusions

The Book of Illusions

A Novel

Paul Auster

Picador

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Six months after losing his wife and two young sons, Vermont Professor David Zimmer spends his waking hours mired in a blur of alcoholic grief and self-pity. One night, he stumbles upon a clip from a lost film by silent comedian Hector Mann. His interest is piqued, and he soon finds himself embarking on a journey around the world to research a book on this mysterious figure, who vanished from sight in 1929.

When the book is published the following year, a letter turns up in Zimmer's mailbox bearing a return address from a small town in New Mexico inviting him to meet Hector. Zimmer hesitates, until one night a strange woman appears on his doorstep and makes the decision for him, changing his life forever.

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THE BOOK OF ILLUSIONS

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EVERYONE THOUGHT THE was dead. When my book about his films was published in 1988, Hector Mann had not been heard from in almost sixty years. Except for a handful of historians and old-time movie buffs,...

Praise for The Book of Illusions

“A nearly flawless work . . . Auster will be remembered as one of the great writers of our time.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Mr. Auster's elegant, finely calibrated Book of Illusions is a haunting feat of intellectual gamesmanship.” —The New York Times

“This noirish, layered tale will keep you guessing to the very end.” —Time Out New York

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Paul Auster

PAUL AUSTER is the bestselling author of Travels in the Scriptorium, Oracle Night, and Man in the Dark, among many other works. 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 more than thirty-five languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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