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The Book of Illusions 

The Book of Illusions (2002)
A novel by Paul Auster

 

"Through all its dark and delightful twists and turns. . . This artful and elegant novel may be Auster's best ever."
Peter Carey


"An enthralling new summit in Paul Auster's art."
Jonathan Lethem


A man's obsession with a silent-film star sends him on a journey into a shadow world of lies, illusions, and unexpected love Six months after losing his wife and two young sons in an airplane crash, Vermont professor David Zimmer spends his waking hours mired in a blur of alcoholic grief and self-pity. Then, watching television one night, he stumbles upon a clip from a lost silent film by comedian Hector Mann. Zimmer's interest is piqued, and he soon finds himself embarking on a journey around the world to research a book on this mysterious figure, who vanished from sight in 1929 and has been presumed dead for sixty years. When the book is published the following year, a letter turns up in Zimmer's mailbox bearing a return address from a small town in New Mexico-supposedly written by Hector's wife. "Hector has read your book and would like to meet you. Are you interested in paying us a visit?" Is the letter a hoax, or is Hector Mann still alive? Torn between doubt and belief, Zimmer hesitates, until one night a strange woman appears on his doorstep and makes the decision for him, changing his life forever.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. With The Book of Illusions, one of America's most powerful and original writers has written his richest, most emotionally charged work yet.

 
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Hardback Editions

August 2002 : Hardback
Title: The Book of Illusions: A Novel
Author(s): Paul Auster
ISBN: 0805054081 / 9782702876466 (USA edition)
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
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June 2003 : Hardback
Title: The Book of Illusions (Windsor Selection)
Author(s): Paul Auster
ISBN: 0754018946 / 9780754018940 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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January 2003 : Hardback
Title: The Book of Illusions (Thorndike Americana)
Author(s): Paul Auster
ISBN: 0786248688 / 9780786248681 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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October 2002 : Hardback
Title: The Book of Illusions
Author(s): Paul Auster
ISBN: 0571212131 / 9780571212132 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
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2002 : Hardback
Title: The Book of Illusions : A Novel
Author(s): Paul Auster
ISBN: 064162123X / 9780641621239
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company, LLC
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Paperback Editions

July 2011 : Paperback
Title: The Book of Illusions (Secrets and Lies Ed)
Author(s): Paul Auster
ISBN: 0571275567 / 9780571275564 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
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June 2011 : Paperback
Title: The Book of Illusions
Author(s): Paul Auster
ISBN: 0571276636 / 9780571276639 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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May 2011 : Paperback
Title: The Book of Illusions
Author(s): Paul Auster
ISBN: 0571276539 / 9780571276530 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
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October 2009 : Paperback
Title: The Book of Illusions: A Novel
Author(s): Paul Auster
ISBN: 0312429010 / 9780312429010 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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September 2003 : Paperback
Title: The Book of Illusions
Author(s): Paul Auster
ISBN: 0571212182 / 9780571212187 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
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July 2003 : Paperback
Title: The Book of Illusions
Author(s): Paul Auster
ISBN: 0312990960 / 9780312990961 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador USA
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August 2003 : Paperback
Title: The Book of Illusions
Author(s): Paul Auster
ISBN: 0571212239 / 9780571212231 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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August 2003 : Paperback
Title: The Book of Illusions
Author(s):
ISBN: 0312421818 / 9780312421816 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador USA
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2002 : Paperback
Title: The Book of Illusions
Author(s): Paul Auster
ISBN: 0965045692 / 9780965045698 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Audio Editions

December 2002 : Audio Cassette
Title: Book of Illusions (8/720)
Author(s): Paul Auster
ISBN: 0060511893 / 9780060511890 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kindle Editions

October 2009 : Kindle edition
Title: The Book of Illusions: A Novel
Author(s): Paul Auster
ISBN: B0080K3Q2G
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
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September 2008 : Kindle edition
Title: The Book of Illusions
Author(s): Paul Auster
ISBN: B002RI9YB4
Publisher: Faber & Faber Fiction
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