Image Not Available

THE BOOK OF ILLUSIONS.

Auster, Paul.

ISBN 10: 0571212131 / ISBN 13: 9780571212132
Published by HENRY HOLT., NY, 2002
Condition: Fine Hardcover
From WAVERLEY BOOKS ABAA (Santa Monica, CA, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since May 2, 1998

Quantity Available: 1

Buy Used
Price: US$ 75.00 Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 8.00 Within U.S.A. Destination, Rates & Speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

About this Item

First edition. SIGNED by Paul Auster on title page. Fine in near fine dust jacket. (Neat edge tear on front flap. Lightly discernible scratch on front cover of jacket. ). Bookseller Inventory # 29239

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: THE BOOK OF ILLUSIONS.

Publisher: HENRY HOLT., NY

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

About this title

Synopsis:

After losing his wife and young sons in a plane crash, Vermont professor David Zimmer spends his waking hours mired in grief. Then, watching television one night, he stumbles upon a lost film by silent comedian Hector Mann, and remembers how to laugh...Mann was a comic genius, in trademark suit and fluttering black moustache. But one morning in 1929 he walked out of his house and was never heard from again. Zimmer's obsession with Mann drives him to publish a study of his work; whereupon he receives a letter postmarked New Mexico, supposedly written by Mann's wife, and inviting him to visit the great Mann himself. Can Hector Mann be alive? Zimmer cannot decide - until a strange woman appears on his doorstep and makes the decision for him, changing his life forever. Written with breathtaking urgency and precision, this stunning novel plunges the reader into a universe in which the comic and the tragic, the real and the imagined, the violent and the tender dissolve into one another. One of America's most powerful and original writers has written his richest, most emotionally charged work yet.

Review:

Vermont professor David Zimmer is a broken man. The protagonist of Paul Auster's 10th novel, The Book of Illusions, hits a period in which life seemed to be working aggressively against him. After his wife and sons are killed in an airplane crash, Zimmer becomes an alcoholic recluse, fond of emptying his bottle of sleeping pills into his palm, contemplating his next move. But one night, while watching a television documentary, Zimmer's attention is caught by the silent-film comedian Hector Mann, who had disappeared without a trace in 1929 and who was considered long-dead. Soon, Zimmer begins work on a book about Mann's newly discovered films (copies of which had been sent, anonymously, to film archives around the world). The spirit of Hector Mann keeps David Zimmer alive for a year. When a letter arrives from someone claiming to be Hector Mann's wife, announcing that Mann had read Zimmer's book and would like to meet him, it is as if fate has tossed Zimmer from one hand to the other: from grief and loss to desire and confusion.

Although film images are technically "illusions," this deft and layered novel is not so much about conscious illusion or trickery as about the traces we leave behind us: words, images, memories. Children are one obvious trace, but in this book, they are not allowed to carry their parents forward. They die early: Hector Mann losing his 3-year-old son to a bee sting just as David Zimmer has lost his two sons in the crash. The second half of The Book of Illusions is given over to a love affair, and to Zimmer's attempt to save something of Hector Mann, and of the others he has loved. In the end, what really survives of us on earth--what flickering immortality we are permitted--is left to the reader to surmise. --Regina Marler

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Store Description

Mail order operation conducted at home.

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

Telephone:(310)393-4593 Our address: Waverley Books, 948 9th St., Santa Monica, CA 90403 POSTAGE FOR FIRST BOOK $8.50, EACH ADDITIONAL BOOK
$1.50 (CHARGES FOR SHIPPING OUTSIDE OF THE U.S. AT
ACTUAL COST) ANY ITEM MAY BE RETURNED WITHIN
10 DAYS OF RECEIPT. WE ACCEPT VISA, MASTERCARD AND
AMERICAN EXPRESS.


Shipping Terms:

Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express

Check Money Order PayPal