Day/Night: Travels in the Scriptorium and Man in the Dark by Paul Auster
For the first time in one volume, Day/Night brings together bestselling author Paul Auster’s existential classics Travels in the Scriptorium and Man in the Dark in order to explore some of our most pressing philosophical concerns. Who are we? What is real and not real? How does the political intersect with the person? After great loss, why are some of us unable to go on? Meant to be read in tandem, these two metaphysical novels mirror each other: two men, each confined to a room, one suddenly alert to his existence, the other desperate to escape into sleep.
In Travels in the Scriptorium (2007), elderly Mr. Blank wakes in an unfamiliar cell, with no memory of who he is or how he got there. He must use the few objects he finds and the information imparted by the day’s string of visitors to cobble together an idea of his identity. In Man in the Dark (2008), another old man, August Brill, suffering from insomnia, struggles to push away thoughts of painful personal losses by imagining what might have been.
“One of America’s greats” according to Time Out Chicago, and hailed as “a descendant of Kafka and Borges,” by Booklist, Paul Auster is the author of bestsellers The New York Trilogy, The Brooklyn Follies, and Oracle Night.
Praise for Travels in the Scriptorium
“Auster has an enormous talent for creating worlds that are both fantastic and believable….His novels are uniformly difficult to put down, a testament to his storytelling gifts.”—Timothy Peters, San Francisco Chronicle
“Archly playful and shrewdly philosophical…Celebrates the power of the imagination…the labyrinthine nature of the mind…A tribute to the transcendence of stories.”—Donna Seaman, Booklist
Praise for Man in the Dark
“Tenderness yoked to violence, literary experiment without irony—Paul Auster has outdone himself.”—John Brenkman, The Village Voice
“A novel that kept my attention from the first page all the way to the last. Frankly, it hypnotized me.”—NPR’s All Things Considered