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In The Music of Chance, the story of Jim Nashe and Jack Pozzi, Auster evokes the strong European influences of Samuel Beckett and Franz Kafka in a brilliant and unsettling parable of loss and gambling. In Leviathan, he makes perhaps his most direct attempt at exploring the political reality of contemporary American life, through the figure of Peter Aaron and his challenge to the complacency of modern life. Finally, in Mr Vertigo Auster crafts a cautionary tale of greed and exploitation in the story of Walt, the irrepressible orphan from the Mid-West, who learns the art of levitation under the tutelage of Master Yehudi.
Highly varied, yet instantly recognisable as the work of the same storyteller, these three novels form the next chapter in the ongoing career of one of America’s most enduring and fascinating writers.
‘Paul Auster is one of those sages with confounding talent – confounding for one because he’s simply that good . . . He belongs among Vonnegut, Roth, and DeLillo . . .’ Claire Howorth
‘Auster truly is a master of his art.’ Harper’s Bazaar
Auster had been terminated a mystery writer - and indeed he creates page-turning, what-happened-next type novels. He has been termed a fabulist, and a surreal kind of magic invades most of his work. But mostly, he appears to be interested in human nature, and the strange journeys undertaken by the most ordinary of people ... He is one of the most accomplished storytellers writing in the English language today. There is a paucity of good stories being written currently: here are three of the best compiled as one.
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