After losing his wife and young sons in a plane crash, Vermont professor
David Zimmer spends his waking hours mired in grief. Then, watching
television one night, he stumbles upon a lost film by silent comedian
Hector Mann, and remembers how to laugh... Mann was a comic genius, in
trademark suit and fluttering black moustache. But one morning in 1929 he
walked out of his house and was never heard from again. Zimmer's obsession
with Mann drives him to publish a study of his work; whereupon he receives
a letter postmarked New Mexico, supposedly written by Mann's wife, and
inviting him to visit the great Mann himself. Can Hector Mann be alive?
Zimmer cannot decide - until a strange woman appears on his doorstep and
makes the decision for him, changing his life forever. Written with
breathtaking urgency and precision, this stunning novel plunges the reader
into a universe in which the comic and the tragic, the real and the
imagined, the violent and the tender dissolve into one another. One of
America's most powerful and original writers has written his richest, most
emotionally charged work yet.

Paul Auster—The Book Of Illusions - A Novel

  • 9780571212132