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  • ISBN: 0571153178
  • Author: Paul Auster
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; New Ed edition (September 1, 2000)
  • Pages: 188 pages
  • ePUB size: 1822 kb
  • FB2 size 1602 kb
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Home Paul Auster In the Country of Last Things. In the country of last . .In the Country of Last Things, . 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18. In the country. PAUL AUSTER is the author of the novels The Brooklyn Follies, Oracle Night, The Book of Illusions, Timbuktu, Mr. Vertigo, Leviathan (awarded the 1993 Prix Medicis Étranger), The Music of Chance (nominated for the 1991 PEN/Faulkner Award), Moon Palace, In the Country of Last Things, and the three novels known as The New York Trilogy : City of Glass, Ghosts, and The Locked Room.

Paul Auster is the bestselling author of The New York Trilogy and many other critically acclaimed novels. I've yet to read a book I did not like from Paul Auster, and In the Country of Last Things is certainly no exception. Scott William Foley, author of Souls Triumphant. He was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize in 2006.

As you would expect, Paul Auster doesn’t tell us a lot about the nature of the Apocalypse itself. It’s cloaked in mystery.

Feb 10, 2013 Brian rated it it was amazing. If he doesn't like it, I will revoke his literary friend status. As you would expect, Paul Auster doesn’t tell us a lot about the nature of the Apocalypse itself. The novel is more concerned with its aftermath.

Paul Auster was born on February 3, 1947, in Newark, New Jersey. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. In addition to his career as a writer, Auster has been a census taker, tutor, merchant seaman, little-league baseball coach, and a telephone operator. He started his writing career as a translator. His other works include The Invention of Solitude; Leviathan; Moon Palace; Facing the Music; In the Country of Last Things; The Music of Chance; Mr. Vertigo; and The Brooklyn Follies. His latest novels are entitled, Invisible and Sunset Park.

In the Country of Last Things is a dystopian epistolary novel written by American author Paul Auster, first published in 1987. The novel takes the form of a letter from a young woman named Anna Blume. In this environment, no industry takes place and most of the population collects garbage or scavenges for objects to resell.

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New York Times-bestselling author Paul Auster (The New York Trilogy) shows us a disturbing Hobbesian society in this dystopian, post-apocalyptic novel. About In the Country of Last Things. From the author of the forthcoming 4 3 2 1: A Novel – a spare, powerful, intensely visionary novel about the bare-bones conditions of survival. In a distant and unsettling future, Anna Blume is on a mission in an unnamed city of chaos and disaster. Its destitute inhabitants scavenge garbage for food and shelter, no industry exists, and an elusive government provides nothing but corruption. Books related to In the Country of Last Things.

In this novel Paul Auster offers a haunting picture of a devastated world - a futuristic world - but one which may be seen to shadow our own. Auster's other work includes The New York Trilogy and Hand to Mouth, and the screenplays Smoke and Blue in the Face.
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Brazil
Auster's highly lyric and seemingly allegorical bit of fiction, where Anna Bloom searches for her brother in a city that seems to be all that is lost hides. Suicide cults, riots, and all small and large signs of decay abound--definitely an early work for Auster and has many of elements on expects from the 1970s and 80s, New Wave sci-fi authors, but Auster's prose is so poetic that this seems to add something to the story in and of itself. I read this book about every 5 or 10 years and enjoy it anew.
Ohatollia
Auster creates for us a truly horrible reality; but a reality that is in fact imaginable. One where the central government is no longer in touch with the needs of the people, where local government is unable to raise enough money to keep basic services working and where each person `fends for themselves' in the streets, where ever they can find what they need to stay alive.

The description is beautifully constructed and while Auster never states this, the city has a feel of Manhattan, which would not be odd, as Auster lives in NYC and is intimately familiar with the City and all its nooks and crannies. But in this book, Auster leads the reader through the most terrible and heart rending human conditions; physical, emotional and psychological. And the descriptions of these pains are precise and concise.

Auster uses his usual tremendous power with words to convey the depth of all the darkest of the dark. But he does make a point of stating that these people are Alive! This is not some type of "Hell" but if anything: Purgatory! Here on Earth!

With truly artful metaphor, the story of Paul Auster is clear:

Man will try to go on, not matter how horrible his surroundings, no matter how painful it is to continue to live; until he is just no longer able to do so.

The book is high quality and uniquely created modern literature. It is an experience that all serious literary readers should not miss.
Monin
Paul Auster presents us with yet another must-read. This novella takes place in an unnamed city that has suffered complete ruin. There is no consistent government to speak of and anarchy rules supreme. But, the fascinating premise is that this is not a world problem, this is a city problem. It is a land cutoff from the world, and the world seems to have forgotten about it. Sound familiar? (Keep in mind this book was first published in 1987.) However, newspapers are still trying to get the scoop on what's going on, and so reporters are occasionally sent in, though most never return.

One such reporter who never returned left behind a younger sister who has traveled to the country of last things in order to find him. From a privileged family, it takes her a surprisingly short amount of time to adapt to the horrific conditions under which she must survive. She is primarily the narrator of her story, and we follow her as she experiences tragedy, death, suffering, but also, as impossible as it may seem, love and hope.

I've heard this book is about everything that can go wrong in a society and how it can leave the reader with a sense of despondency; however, I found the book to be a testament to the power of hope and love.

To touch upon Auster's style: I've read many of Auster's books, and while he explores similar themes, I've never read two books that were written in the same manner. Auster gives us something fresh and artistically progressive with each book he writes. In the Country of Last Things is virtually a how-to for any budding writer as it uses sparse detail and very limited dialogue to completely drive home the potency of the theme.

I've yet to read a book I did not like from Paul Auster, and In the Country of Last Things is certainly no exception.

~Scott William Foley, author of Souls Triumphant
GawelleN
Mr. Rogers never lived in Auster's neighborhoods. This dystopian tale of an unidentified city falling apart and reverting to anarchy will leave you shivering. We don't know if this societal breakdown is really a world wide phenomenon or if it only affects this one city.

My enjoyment was from the people, and their means of coping with continuing worsening of conditions. Nothing ever got better yet some still clung to hopes that tomorrow would be brighter; while others had totally given up.

Auster wants you to have to think while reading his books and they are short enough for you to maintain your concentration. This was quite enjoyable.
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