Invisibility

2 01 2011

Invisible by Paul Auster

From the Amazon review:

Sinuously constructed in four interlocking parts, Invisible 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 girlfriend 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, as it travels in time from 1967 to 2007 and moves from New York to Paris and to a remote Caribbean island in a story of unbridled sexual hunger and a relentless quest for justice. With uncompromising insight, Auster takes us to the shadowy borderland between truth and memory, authorship and identity to produce a work of unforgettable power that confirms his reputation as one of America’s most spectacularly inventive writers.

As it says here “the shadowy borderland between truth and memory, authorship and identity” – all very Auster and has, I am sure, been criticised (probably by Private Eye) for this wilful ambiguity. But this is what he does extremely well and, whilst it may mess with your head, it certainly makes this a fascinating read.

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