Man in the Dark

Man in the Dark Man in the Dark is Paul Auster s brilliant devastating novel about the many realities we inhabit as wars flame all around us Seventy two year old August Brill is recovering from a car accident in his

  • Title: Man in the Dark
  • Author: Paul Auster
  • ISBN: 9780571240760
  • Page: 493
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Man in the Dark is Paul Auster s brilliant, devastating novel about the many realities we inhabit as wars flame all around us.Seventy two year old August Brill is recovering from a car accident in his daughter s house in Vermont When sleep refuses to come, he lies in bed and tells himself stories, struggling to push back thoughts about things he would prefer to forget hisMan in the Dark is Paul Auster s brilliant, devastating novel about the many realities we inhabit as wars flame all around us.Seventy two year old August Brill is recovering from a car accident in his daughter s house in Vermont When sleep refuses to come, he lies in bed and tells himself stories, struggling to push back thoughts about things he would prefer to forget his wife s recent death and the horrific murder of his granddaughter s boyfriend, Titus The retired book critic imagines a parallel world in which America is not at war with Iraq but with itself In this other America the twin towers did not fall and the 2000 election results led to secession, as state after state pulled away from the union and a bloody civil war ensued As the night progresses, Brill s story grows increasingly intense, and what he is so desperately trying to avoid insists on being told Joined in the early hours by his granddaughter, he gradually opens up to her and recounts the story of his marriage After she falls asleep, he at last finds the courage to revisit the trauma of Titus s death.Passionate and shocking, Man in the Dark is a novel of our moment, a book that forces us to confront the blackness of night even as it celebrates the existence of ordinary joys in a world capable of the most grotesque violence Time Out Chicago
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    • Will Byrnes says:

      “I am alone in the dark.” One of the more evocative existential opening lines. And it tells much about what follows. August Brill is 72, a Pulitzer Prize winning book critic who is confined to a wheelchair, and mourning the loss of his wife. While convalescing, he is living with his divorced daughter and his granddaughter, Katya, who is mourning the horrible death of her boyfriend in Iraq. We see the events of the story through Brill’s eyes. In attempting to overcome a bout of insomnia, an [...]

    • Hugo says:

      "Ontem uma criança, hoje um velho e, desde então até agora, quantas batidas do coração, quantos movimentos respiratórios, quantas palavras ditas e ouvidas? Alguém toque em mim. Põe a tua mão no meu rosto e fala comigo" (p. 158)August Brill, crítico literário vencedor de um Pulitzer, muda-se para casa da filha recém-divorciada após um acidente grave de viação. Na casa vive também a sua neta que, antes da ida do ex-namorado para o Iraque e terrível morte, estudava cinema na univer [...]

    • Frogy (Ivana) says:

      Ovaj čovek mi se polako podvlači pod kožu i postajem ovisna o njegovim pričama

    • K.D. Absolutely says:

      The Philippines exports lots of domestic helpers (household helpers, nannies, girl Fridays, cleaners, caregivers, etc.) to overseas. Those ladies and men are normally college graduates or finished some units in college. Most of them are teachers because their monthly salary here in the Philippines is low and not enough to satisfy that they think they families deserve. Most of them find their possible employers from agencies who have contacts abroad, mostly in Hong Kong, Singapore and some countr [...]

    • Araz Goran says:

      شعرتُ أن بول أوستر قام بسحب البساط من تحت رواية ،،كانت الاحداث مشوقة والترابط مميزاً لأحداث القصة التي مزجها بين الفانتازيا وبين نفسه في الوقت عينهالدخول الى العوالم الموازية ثم إنهائها بشكل مستفز وغير منطقيعلى كل أسمتعت بالرواية حيث أدخل قصص كثيرة وغنية الى داخل الرواية ب [...]

    • Imogen says:

      Back when I was an undergraduate in college (not that I ever did any graduate work, but I'm about to make fun of myself, and making fun of 'undergraduates' is a literary tradition in these parts) I got a total boner* for structuralism. And then post-structuralism. I was dating Sarah and she was like, 'Hey, you like this soulless pomo bullshit, you should read this book I just read and didn't like, the New York Trilogy,' I was all, sweet, empty soulless pomo bullshit! And read it, and didn't real [...]

    • Kitty-Wu says:

      Me da igual que Auster empiece a jugar a las muñecas rusas en la página 3, me da igual que me recuerde a Travels in the Scriptorium, me da igual que sus personajes me recuerden a otros, me da igual que haya tanto escritor suelto en Nueva York, me da absolutamente igual todo, porque una vez más, Auster me engancha desde la primera página y no me deja ir. Y estoy tan a gusto dentro de su mundo el otro día salía por esta página el tema de nuestros autores vivos favoritos: bien, yo me iría d [...]

    • Joey says:

      It is weird that when I see Paul Auster’s works included on the list of best novels of all time according to a magazine site, I have the compelling hunch that they are nifty reads. Also, when I see his images on Google, his physical aura of literary skills , his deep stare at the camera tends to pierce me as if everything stops moving just like the two of us in a motionless world. It is as though staring back at him renders me powerless ,frozen in awe. Thereby, I start having been borne upon t [...]

    • Shovelmonkey1 says:

      *Fanfare*Yes, it is Paul Auster time again ladies and gentlemen. Paul. I love you. Almost as hard to write as it is to say, although technically my fingers are more limber and better versed at communication as they are without the subtle patina of sceptical hoar frost which coats my cryogenically chilled cardio-vascular chambers. As I have previously discussed, my first few dates with Paul were suspicious, sullen affairs where I peered at the pages with an arched eyebrow trying to decided " geni [...]

    • Mark says:

      There are some books which I find seem unpromising but quickly catch you up and sweep you along and this is one of them. An old man, August Brill, newly widowed and bed-ridden owing to a car accident lies unable to sleep as does his daughter, a writer discarded by her husband; and his granddaughter, newly bereaved after the violent death of her ex-boyfriend. In order to pass the bleak, black time of the depths of night he tells himself stories. Stories in which he desperately tries to close his [...]

    • Teresa says:

      I enjoy the 'tricks' in Auster's fiction, even if they are repetitive throughout his oeuvre. Though this novel contains none of his usual tricks, Auster seems to explain why he sometimes puts himself into his own works through the words of August Brill, his narrator. Brill is telling himself a story, in the dark, because he can't sleep: The story is about a man who must kill the person who created him, and why pretend that I am not that person? By putting myself into the story, the story becomes [...]

    • إيمان says:

      "وحيدا في الظلام أقلب في رأسي العالم من حولي بينما أغالب نوبة أرق جديدة, ليلية بيضاء جديدة في البراري الأمريكية الشاسعة"ثلاثة أشخاص يمثلون ثلاثة أجيال مختلفة, يجمع بينهم إلى جانب العلاقة الأسرية إنتماهم لعالم من الوحدة و الإنكسار. لكأن بول أوستير يحاول أن يقول لنا من خلال هذه [...]

    • عبدالله ناصر says:

      رجل في الظلام تجاوز السبعين و بساقٍ مكسورة و يحتل الطابق الأرضي و في الأعلى ابنته الأرملة و حفيدته التي فقدت للأبد صديقها مؤخراً . و لأنه يشكو الأرق يعمد إلى سرد الكثير من القصص و اختلاقها و بهذه الطريقة يساعد عقارب الساعة على العمل أو على وجه الدقة يلهو عن مراقبة الوقت .يفضل ا [...]

    • Fatema Hassan , bahrain says:

      ( إحذرن الرجال في أربعينهم) رجل في الظلام ل بول أوستر رواية تحصد الإعجاب بسهولة يسترد أوغست بريل ك رجل سبعيني مشبوح لوحده في ظلمته- التي هي أصل كل بلاء -بهذا السرد عافية شبابه ليواجه مستقبله المؤسف أوغست الزوج الأب و الجد، أرمل مقعد بعد تعرضه لحادثة مؤسف يعيش مع ابنته المطلقة [...]

    • Wafa says:

      رجل في الظلامبــول أوستـرهنا ستتساءل كثيرا عن أي ظلام يتحدث هذا البول أوستر، هل يتحدث عن ؛ظلام الوحدة، ظلام الحرب، ظلام القدر الذي يسوقنا دون قدرة منا على التغيير أم ظلام خطايانا الصغيرة القابعة في أجزاء من ذاكرتنا والتي تقض مضاجعنا دوماظلام الوحدة☾☾☾☾☾☾☾☾☾☾يتحدث أو [...]

    • وضحى says:

      أغرمت بها للأمانة، ولم تأخذ مني سوى جلستين لم أكتب لها مراجعة تليق بها ولكن يكفي بأن أقول أنها جميلة جداً!أحببت بول أوستر أكثر! يا لأناقة قلمه هذا المجنون !

    • Jim Elkins says:

      What it Means to be Too Professional, Too FluentThere is something primitive about Paul Auster. This primitiveness is lodged exactly where it should not be, in the fluency and ease of his storytelling. As reviewers always say, he is an inexhaustible source of stories, and in this book the stories never stop: there’s never any danger of slowing down; that is fitting because somehow slowing down feels like treacherous thing to do. What would happen if one story failed to succeed the last in a se [...]

    • Lee says:

      Reminded me of a Borges story I read in a high school Spanish class (a grita grande to Señor Marti!) in which a guy is reading a book about a character coming to murder a man reading a book and the reader looks out his window and sees a man coming exactly as described in the book. I just skimmed "The Garden of Forking Paths" and there's a similar but not exact scenario toward the end of that one. Lots of Borges stories involve porous borders between parallel worlds, often also involving spy nov [...]

    • Abby says:

      Meh. I feel sort of like a fraud reviewing this book when it is the first Auster I have actually read, but whatever. I was not so impressed. The story-within-a-story, blurring-the-boundaries-between-narrator-and-characters might have felt fresh and exciting back in 1992, but now it just seems cliched and boring. I liked the idea of an alternative United States at war with itself instead of Iraq, but when the narrative abandoned this thread, I lost interest. Do we really another book with an agin [...]

    • Jason says:

      Man in the Dark resembles an entire series of the Twilight Zone compacted neatly into a single episode. Auster has become known for spinning small stories within larger ones, but now his inner narratives have inner narratives. It all comes to resemble the skin of an onion. I’ve always wished he’d write a book of short fictional pieces, but one only has to look to his body of work for dozens of them. Jorge Luis Borges spoke once about the conjunction of a mirror and an encyclopedia, but Paul [...]

    • Pantelis says:

      Written to be read through the night, in one night, reaching the last pages at dawn

    • Kim says:

      I'm not sure what compelled me to pick this up. I think the line 'Themes are hungry ghosts' caught my eye. Interesting phrase, I thought.I've never had a real issue with insomnia. Sure, there are those tension filled days that carry over and transmute into a jaw clenching, sheet wrasslin', sigh-fest. But, it doesn't last. The pull into oblivion is too strong. I do, however, find that I tell myself stories to urge on said oblivion. It's an easier escape than reliving the doldrums of the day or ma [...]

    • Zynab says:

      تجربتي الأولي مع أوستر ، تجربة رائعة فريدة من نوعها، قرأتها في يوم واحد تعلقت بها ولم استطع تركها إلا بعد أن أُنهيها.مبدأيا قرأتها مترجمة وهي التجربة الأولي لي مع المترجم أيضاً ، والحق يُقال إن لغته وأسلوبه رائعين ، لم يخرج النص من مضمونه ولم يشعرني بأني أقرأ رواية مترجمة كما [...]

    • Biron Paşa says:

      Karanlıktaki Adam üst üste okuduğum üçüncü, toplamda beşince kitabı Paul Auster'ın, yazarın tarzını daha iyi kavrayabilmek için art arda okumayı tercih ettiysem de her seferinde benzer teknikleri kullanan başka bir yazarla karşılaşıyorum. Yani henüz okumadığım bir Umberto Eco romanına bakıp nasıl yazdığını tahmin edebiliyorum, aynısını Orhan Pamuk'a, Mo Yan'e yapabiliyorum, ama Paul Auster'a yapamıyorum. Belki hâlâ yeterince kitabını okumadığımdandır, [...]

    • Lalarme23 says:

      Tôi lúc nào cũng thật thích những tác giả ngồi yên lặng và chiêm nghiệm về cuộc đời, về số phận, về sự tiếp diễn bất tận của những mảng sống khác nhau, trôi nổi, chơi với, chấp chới trong bản ngã của mình, trong ranh giới của xã hội, và trong cõi siêu hình đầy ám ảnh của việc làm người. Nên tôi thích cách Paul Auster viết. Có điều từ Moon Palace, qua Man in the Dark là một sự thụt l [...]

    • M. Sarki says:

      One of the worst books I have read in recent memory. I would bet there haven't been five others I have at least attempted this past twelve months that have been worse than this sentimental fluff. How a writer as good as Paul Auster could have written something like this let alone have it published is beyond me. This book will do nothing but leave a bad mark on his memory and it did not have to be. Not everything we write is worth keeping. There is something delusional or greedy in the publicatio [...]

    • Tim says:

      A novel employing postmodern storytelling devices to illustrate the inadequacy of postmodernism in making sense of the world after 9/11. This was the first Paul Auster novel I had read. I gather he is somewhat revered as a postmodern writer who often employs meta-fictional devices and multiple narratives in his work. I didn't know this at the time, however, and picked up this book at one of those sales of new books that nobody wants. I live in a small city in South Africa where people on the who [...]

    • Luisa says:

      I usually hate writing reviews of the books I read - having to give it an out of five stars pontuation is already hard enough - but there are some books I really feel the need to talk about.Having bought this book today and Auster being one of my favourite writers, I couldn't wait to go home so I could start reading it.I found myself spending the next hours of my day completely immerse in this story; the pages of the book and the hours I sat at the sofa reading it went by incredibly fast and I e [...]

    • Louize says:

      FromThe Page Walker Life From Another AngleAugust Brill is the Man in the Dark. He is a 72 year-old nursing an injured leg in his daughter’s home in Vermont –a house of mourning by all accounts, really. He spends his sleepless night conjuring stories in his head to save himself from remembering. Yet, every now and then, he loses concentration and finds himself recalling memories of his dead wife, his son-in-law walking out on her daughter, and the tragic death of his granddaughter’s boyfri [...]

    • Tony says:

      Auster, Paul. MAN IN THE DARK. (2008). **1/2. I read and collect Auster’s books, but this one leaves me non-plussed. When I got to the end of the book, I thought that I had bought a copy with the last fifty pages missing. The plot that he introduces in the beginning of the novel simply disappears, and the alternative plot – loosely related to the first – appears, but only developed to a point. Then, it stops and the book is over. The protagonist is August Brill, a 72-year old retired book [...]

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