In the Country of Last Things

Paperback | May 2, 1988

byPaul Auster

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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. Anna wades through the filth to find her long-lost brother, a one-time journalist who may or may not be alive.

New York Times-bestselling author Paul Auster (The New York Trilogy) shows us a disturbing Hobbesian society in this dystopian, post-apocalyptic novel.

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Here is the story of Anna Blume, a woman who has come to an unnamed city in search of her brother. Her notebook recounts her quest in this cruel modern landscape, and through her anguished narrative, Auster presents a frightening vision of the future

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From the author of the forthcoming 4 3 2 1:  A Novel – a spare, powerful, intensely visionary novel about the bare-bones conditions of survivalIn 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 ...

Paul Auster is the bestselling author of The New York Trilogy and many other critically acclaimed novels. He was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize in 2006. His work has been translated into more than forty languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 7.9 × 5.2 × 0.6 inPublished:May 2, 1988Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140097058

ISBN - 13:9780140097054

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Here is the story of Anna Blume, a woman who has come to an unnamed city in search of her brother. Her notebook recounts her quest in this cruel modern landscape, and through her anguished narrative, Auster presents a frightening vision of the future

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Praise for In the Country of Last Things:

“Powerful, enigmatic, imaginative, and handled with artistry. . .One of the better modern attempts at describing hell.”
The Washington Post Book World
 
“Reminiscent in many ways of Orwell’s 1984. . .Auster creates within these pages a place so real it could be our own country, perhaps our very own city.”
The Atlanta Journal Constitution