Faber announces a major new Auster novel: an epic story of birthright and possibility, of love and the fullness of life itself.
On March 3, 1947, in the maternity ward of Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the one and only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born. From that single beginning, Ferguson’s life will take four simultaneous and independent fictional paths. Four Fergusons made of the same genetic material, four boys who are the same boy, will go on to lead four parallel and entirely different lives. Family fortunes diverge. Loves and friendships and intellectual passions contrast. Chapter by chapter, the rotating narratives evolve into an elaborate dance of inner worlds enfolded within the outer forces of history as, one by one, the intimate plots of the four Fergusons’ stories rush on across the tumultuous and fractured terrain of mid twentieth-century America. A boy grows up-again and again and again.
As inventive and dexterously constructed as anything Paul Auster has ever written 4 3 2 1 is an unforgettable tour de force, the crowning work of this masterful writer’s extraordinary career.
Faber has acquired UK & Commonwealth rights excluding Canada from Caspian Dennis at Abner Stein on behalf of Carol Mann. The novel will be published in February 2016 in the UK and simultaneously in the US by Henry Holt.
Mitzi Angel, Publisher, said: ‘Faber & Faber first published Paul Auster in 1987, nearly thirty years ago. The New York Trilogy was a landmark in twentieth-century American fiction and has found hundreds of thousands of readers across the world. It is a great honour to be publishing his greatest, most provocative, most heartbreaking work yet.’
Paul Auster is the internationally acclaimed author of among many other works Winter Journal, Sunset Park, Man in the Dark, The Brooklyn Follies, The Book of Illusions and The New York Trilogy first published in 1987. In 2006 he was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature and inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Among his other honours are the Independent Spirit Award for the screenplay of Smoke and the Prix Medicis Etranger for Leviathan. He has also been short-listed for both the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (The Book of Illusions) and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction (The Music of Chance). His work has been translated into more than forty languages. Paul Auster celebrates his seventieth birthday in 2017. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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