Travels in the Scriptorium

Travels in the Scriptorium

Book - 2008 | 1st Picador ed.
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An old man awakens, disoriented, in an unfamiliar chamber. With no memory of who he is or how he has arrived there, he pores over the relics on the desk, examining the circumstances of his confinement and searching his own hazy mind for clues.

Determining that he is locked in, the man--identified only as Mr. Blank--begins reading a manuscript he finds on the desk, the story of another prisoner, set in an unfamiliar, alternate world. As the day passes, various characters call on Mr. Blank in his cell, and each brings frustrating hints of his forgotten identity and his past.

Both chilling and poignant, Travels in the Scriptorium is vintage Paul Auster: mysterious texts, fluid identities, a hidden past, and, somewhere, an obscure tormentor. And yet, as we discover during one day in the life of Mr. Blank, his world is not so different from our own.

Publisher: New York : Picador, 2008, c2006.
Edition: 1st Picador ed.
ISBN: 9780312426293
Branch Call Number: FIC AUSTER, P.
Characteristics: 145 p. ; 21 cm.


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May 04, 2020

Found him in a Franconian library. Must have been the titles. This was the first, then "Oracle Night", if memory serves. A rereading of this one was disappointing, but "Oracle" was even better the second time. Like, astounding beyond words, still.


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