Oracle Night

By Paul Auster
(Picador, Paperback, 9780312423667, 256pp.)

Publication Date: October 14, 2004

Other Editions of This Title: Audio Cassette, Paperback, Paperback, Hardcover

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Several months into his recovery from a near-fatal illness, thirty-four-year-old novelist Sidney Orr enters a stationary shop in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn and buys a blue notebook. It is September 18, 1982, and for the next nine days Orr will live under the spell of this blank book, trapped inside a world of eerie premonitions and bewildering events that threaten to destroy his marriage and undermine his faith in reality.
A novel that expands to fill volumes in the reader's mind, Oracle Night is a beautifully constructed meditation on time, love, storytelling and the imagination by one of America's boldest and most original writers.

About the Author

PAUL AUSTER's most recent novel, The Book of Illusions, was a national bestseller, as was I Thought My Father Was God, the NPR National Story Project anthology, which he edited. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Praise For Oracle Night

"A Joseph Cornell box in the form of a novel, with the same wistful tone and sense of meanings just below the surface...It's urban mysticism, a poetry of the hidden and the almost forgotten, with the supernatural power deriving equally from the city and the novelist's imagination....A snow globe of a novel."
--John Homans, New York Magazine
"Beguiling...Auster is a natural story-teller, with a seemingly inexhaustible trove of yarns at his disposal. All of the stories within stories are compelling in their own right...a joy to read."
--The Economist
"Another complicated and suspenseful page-turner...Another tremendous and memorable effort by one of our most brilliant writers."
--Thomas Haley, Minneapolis Star-Tribune
"Austerland is tricky, filled with dark narrative alleyways and sidewinding plots. One might not wish to play cards with Paul Auster...It's a kind of seduction to dizzy the reader the way Auster does, layering, intermingling and cross-referencing the many stories until one forgets which is the primary and which secondary and who is telling any of them."
--Stacey D'Erasmo, The New York Times Book Review
"Compulsively readable yet wonderfully complex and unsettling."
--Eric Grunwald, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"As in New York Trilogy [Auster] subverts our expectations of what a mystery story should be, and the reading experience is far richer for it."
--Philip Connors, Newsday
"[Auster] shines as a fabulist and tale-teller, putting a high-modernist gloss on noir."
--The New Yorker
"Oracle Night is a triumph for novelist Auster. It cements his growing reputation as one of America's most inventive and original writers."
--Deloris Tarzan Ament, The Seattle Times

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