´Six days ago, a man blew himself up by the side of a road in northern Wisconsin . . .´
The explosion that detonates the narrative of Paul Auster´s remarkable novel also ends the life of its hero, Benjamin Sachs, and brings two FBI agents to the home of one of Sachs´s oldest friends, the writer Peter Aaron. What follows is Aaron´s story, an intricate, subtle and gripping investigation of another man´s life in all its richness and complexity.
Combining an investigation of freedom and terrorism with all the tension, mystery and allusive richness familiar from Auster´s The New York Trilogy or Sunset Park, Leviathan is an unmissable addition to the canon of ´one of America´s most spectacularly inventive writers.´ (Times Literary Supplement)
´[A] Brownian motion experiment of a plot - chock-a-block with identity-swaps, sideways sweeps and lateral leaps.´ Observer
Paul Auster is the best-selling author of Invisible, Moon Palace, Mr Vertigo, The Brooklyn Follies, The Book of Illusions and The New York Trilogy, among many other works. In 2006 he was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature and inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Among his other honours are the Independent Spirit Award for the screenplay of Smoke and the Prix Medicis Etranger for Leviathan. He has also been short-listed for both the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (The Book of Illusions) and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction (The Music of Chance). His work has been translated into more than thirty languages.
He lives in Brooklyn, New York.