Man Walks Into a Room

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Man Walks Into a Room
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Author Nicole Krauss
Country United States
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher Doubleday
Publication date
2002

Man Walks Into a Room, published in the United States by Doubleday on May 1, 2002,[1] is the first novel by American writer Nicole Krauss.

Set in 1957 and the present day, the novel, which is a meditation on memory and personal history, solitude and intimacy, tells the story of Samson Greene, a young and popular professor at Columbia University, who is found wandering in the Nevada desert with no memory of his previous life.

Reception[edit]

The novel was critically acclaimed. Joy Press, writing in the Village Voice, said: "Krauss is a fluent, thoughtful writer who takes on a lot of complex ideas and rarely loses her grip on them... Man Walks Into a Room is a chilling addition to the annals of amnesia lit. It's a novel that grapples with the ephemeral experience of being human and the realization that we create a lifetime of memories that vanish when we do".[1][2] Gillian Flynn, in a review for Entertainment Weekly, described Krauss's prose as "casually dazzling, as are the ideas she explores through Samson".[1] The novel won praise from Susan Sontag and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.[3]

The movie rights to the novel were optioned by Richard Gere.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Gillian Flynn (August 2, 2002). "Man Walks Into a Room". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 16, 2011. 
  2. ^ Joy Press (May 21, 2002). Living in Oblivion, Village Voice, Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  3. ^ "Los Angeles Times Names Book Prize Winners". Los Angeles Times (Press release). July 2003. Retrieved August 31, 2014.