November 2009 Indie Next List
“Paul Auster proves again that as artist-as-storyteller he is a master. Invisible, set in New York, Paris, and the Caribbean from 1967 to 2007, is narrated by three different voices, and Auster -- like a fine painter -- uses each paragraph to create color, shadow, and, finally, a vibrant texture that will stay firmly in the mind of the reader.”
— Peter Marsh, Briggs Carriage Bookstore, Brandon, VT
Sinuously constructed in four interlocking parts, Paul Auster's fifteenth novel opens in New York City in the spring of 1967, when twenty-year-old Adam Walker, an aspiring poet and student at Columbia University, meets the enigmatic Frenchman Rudolf Born and his silent and seductive girfriend, Margot. Before long, Walker finds himself caught in a perverse triangle that leads to a sudden, shocking act of violence that will alter the course of his life.
Three different narrators tell the story of Invisible, a novel that travels in time from 1967 to 2007 and moves from Morningside Heights to the Left Bank of Paris to a remote island in the Caribbean. It is a book of youthful rage, unbridled sexual hunger, and a relentless quest for justice. With uncompromising insight, Auster takes us into the shadowy borderland between truth and memory, between authorship and identity, to produce a work of unforgettable power that confirms his reputation as "one of America's most spectacularly inventive writers."
About the Author
Paul Auster is the bestselling author of 4 3 2 1, Sunset Park, Invisible, The Book of Illusions, and the New York Trilogy, among many other works. In 2006 he was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature. Among his other honors are the Prix Médicis étranger for Leviathan, the Independent Spirit Award for the screenplay of Smoke, and the Premio Napoli for Sunset Park. In 2012, he was the first recipient of the NYC Literary Honors in the category of fiction. He has also been a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (The Book of Illusions), the PEN/Faulkner Award (The Music of Chance), the Edgar Award (City of Glass), and the Man Booker Prize (4 3 2 1). He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. His work has been translated into more than forty languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
“As soon as you finish Paul Auster's Invisible, you want to read it again. . . . It is the finest novel Paul Auster has ever written.” —Clancy Martin, The New York Times Book Review
“Auster has never been better.” —The Seattle Times (Best Books of 2009)
“Riveting . . . That combination of scrupulous style, psychological depth, story value, and parable-like undertones is masterly” —The Sunday Times (London)
“Occasionally, a novel is so masterful it leaves you breathless. Paul Auster's Invisible is such a novel.” —The Boston Globe
“Magnificent . . . The results are revelatory.” —Houston Chronicle