Author(s): Paul Auster
The explosion at the start of this book 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 investigation of another man's life. By the author of "Moon Palace".
Victoria writes: Leviathan is a beautiful interplay between the notion of fiction and fact. It is a novel that is sublimely written, utterly engaging, and overwhelmingly seductive, despite the strong undertones of symbolism and the constant critical questioningof identity, freedom, and truth. What makes this novel fascinating - and a bizarrely believable story - is the constant shift between the narrative of the protagonists (a writer, Peter Aaron, who coincidently shares the same initials as Auster) and the life of Auster himself. Leviathan is a novel that takes you beyond all expectations, and does so with a sophisticated and complex plot - substantiated by Auster's frequent tendency to digress in order offer up fascinating moments of insight - as well as marvellous writing and an array of intricate and fascinating characters, in particular Maria Turner, the character based on my favourite French Artist Sophie Calle. Leviathan was my first Auster novel and despite the fact it is not one of his most acclaimed pieces, it is a highly recommended and exquisite novel.