City of Glass: The Graphic Novel

City of Glass: The Graphic Novel

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A graphic novel classic with a new introduction by Art Spiegelman

Quinn writes mysteries. The Washington Post has described him as a "post-existentialist private eye." An unknown voice on the telephone is now begging for his help, drawing him into a world and a mystery far stranger than any he ever created in print.

Adapted by Paul Karasik and David Mazzucchelli, with graphics by David Mazzucchelli, Paul Auster's groundbreaking, Edgar Award-nominated masterwork has been astonishingly transformed into a new visual language.

"[This graphic novel] is, surprisingly, not just a worthy supplement to the novel, but a work of art that fully justifies its existence on its own terms."—The Guardian

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312423605
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 08/01/2004
Series: Neon Literature Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 338,995
Product dimensions: 5.49(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.31(d)
Age Range: 17 - 18 Years

About the Author

Paul Auster is the author of eleven novels, most recently Oracle Night. His previous two novels, The Book of Illusions and Timbuktu, were national bestsellers. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Brooklyn, New York

Date of Birth:

February 3, 1947

Place of Birth:

Newark, New Jersey


B.A., M.A., Columbia University, 1970

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City of Glass: The Graphic Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
AlejandroAlarcn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Really good story. It's difficult to convey the sense of a descent into madness and the dissipation of self into nothingness in graphical form; yet I think this book succeeds admirably. I'm judging this work on itself, as I haven't read the original novel.
taylorh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
nonsensical and nonlinearCharacters seemed to have multiple personalities, names, identities, textures, grids, rhythms... If ever I thought I was losing myself in my self, this book would be a good map for it. Immediately after finishing this I reread it, not for the sake of enjoyment [though I did in a Through the Looking Glass Don Quixote kind of way], but more to try to understand it further. I felt like I got it while reading, but as soon as I put the book down, it slipped away. Rather than becoming frustrated by this though, I felt intrigued and drawn to Auster's layered circling ideas, conversations, inspired art work.
MariaAlhambra on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An excellent adaptation of the Paul Auster novella, with some very ingenious visual translations of Auster's labyrithine metafictional riddles.
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On the surface, this is a mystery story. A writer named Quinn is mistaken for a detective named Paul Auster. 'Coincidentally, or not, the author's name.' Quinn is hired by a man named Peter Stillman for protection from Stillman's father- a man who imprisoned his infant son in a small room and never spoke to him, in the belief that a child who never heard human speech would learn to speak 'God's language.' But it is so much more than that- it's a reflection on the nature of language and the meaning of words, an exploration of the way the essence of items cannot be captured by their names. For hardcore mystery fans, the ending may be too confusing and metaphysical- but for fans of philosophy and beautiful language, this is a must-read.