Leviathan

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New York Times bestselling author Paul Auster (The New York Trilogy) opens Leviathan with the tearing of a bomb explosion and the death of one Benjamin Sachs. Ben’s one-time best friend, Peter Aaron, begins to retrospectively investigate the transformation that led Ben from his enviable, stable life to one of a recluse. Both were once intelligent, yet struggling novelists until Ben’s near-death experience falling from a fire escape triggers a tumble in which he becomes withdrawn and disturbed, living alone ...

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Overview

New York Times bestselling author Paul Auster (The New York Trilogy) opens Leviathan with the tearing of a bomb explosion and the death of one Benjamin Sachs. Ben’s one-time best friend, Peter Aaron, begins to retrospectively investigate the transformation that led Ben from his enviable, stable life to one of a recluse. Both were once intelligent, yet struggling novelists until Ben’s near-death experience falling from a fire escape triggers a tumble in which he becomes withdrawn and disturbed, living alone and building bombs in a far-off cabin. That is, until he mysteriously disappears, leaving behind only a manuscript titled Leviathan, pages rustling in the wind.

A provocative novel about friendship and betrayal, sexual desire and estrangement -- about the intrusions of the unpredictable into the everyday. Leviathan is Paul Auster at his prime, conceptualizing worlds of tremendous complication and bizarre plausibility. The chief protagonist in this story is novelist-journalist named Benjamin Sachs. At the beginning of the novel he is blown to pieces while attempting to manufacture a bomb by the side of a snowy winter road in Wisconsin. How he came to this abrupt, untimely end is the ostensible topic being investigated by the imaginary author of the present novel, one Peter Aaron, who had known Sachs well. Aaron, it seems, is particularly concerned with recounting the life of Sachs because he is afraid lest the authorities . .. will misrepresent Sachs' career.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140178135
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/2/1993
  • Edition description: Reprint Large Print
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 685,477
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Auster

Paul Auster is the bestselling author of The New York Trilogy and many other critically acclaimed novels. He was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize in 2006. His work has been translated into more than forty languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Paul Benjamin
    2. Hometown:
      Brooklyn, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 3, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Newark, New Jersey
    1. Education:
      B.A., M.A., Columbia University, 1970

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2007

    Auster is a living genius...

    I bought this book because I like Paul Auster and I was looking for a good book to take with me on a plane. I had no idea what was waiting for me. Once again, Auster's story is so plausible and thoroughly detailed that you can't help but think it to be true. Sachs becomes known to all of us by the end of the book - exactly Auster's, and Peter's, intention. Anyone who has had a close friend - one whose commitment and responsibilities are questionable at times - should read this book. I learned about myself. As for Auster, he is a master storyteller, and he is doing exactly what he should be doing in this world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2003

    A cool book

    My dad found this book when I was 8. I kept the book for some reason. Just this summer I picked it up and actually read it. And I have to say that I should have read it a long time ago, but I am glad that I have such a gem in my bookshelf.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2003

    Paul Auster writes another amazing book

    I'm a ninth grade student and I've just begun to read Auster. His style is amazing and I find that the writing is intellectual and interesting while at the same time being imaginative and meaningful as well. So far I've only read a handful of his books but so far they've failed to disappoint me. Woo hoo, go Paul Auster!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2002

    Frighteningly Real

    In Leviathan, Auster relates the story of a deep and unbreakable friendship between two men whose tumultuous lives mercilessly toss them about in a storm of happiness and hardships. It demonstrates with frightening plausibility that a string of seemingly random events can indeed end with a tragic climax. With the skill of somebody who writes what he knows, Auster creates characters so REAL that you feel like you've known them all of your life.

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