Oracle Night

By Paul Auster
Picador USA, Paperback, 9780312428952, 243pp.

Publication Date: April 28, 2009

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Description

Several months into his recovery from a near-fatal illness, thirty-four-year-old novelist Sidney Orr enters a stationery 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 the great writers of our time" ("San Francisco Chronicle").




About the Author
Paul Auster is the bestselling author of "Winter Journal", "Sunset Park", "Invisible", "The Book of Illusions", and "The New York Trilogy", among many other works. He has been awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature, the Prix Medicis Etranger, the Independent Spirit Award, and the Premio Napoli. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

"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"



Praise For Oracle Night

"As Auster's many admirers know, his narrative voice is as hypnotic as that of the Ancient Mariner. Start one of his books and by page two you cannot choose but hear."--Michael Dirda, The New York Review of Books
"Compulsively readable yet wonderfully complex and unsettling. The book is both a babushka doll of stories within stories and a literary Rubik's Cube, the solution of which, if there is one, is the very nature of reality."--The Boston Globe
"Auster shines as a fabulist and tale-teller, putting a high-modernist gloss on noir."--The New Yorker
"A joy to read."--The Economist
"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."--New York magazine
"Oracle Night is a triumph for novelist Auster. It cements his growing reputation as one of America's most inventive and original writers."--The Seattle Times 

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