Mr. Vertigo

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First edition
Author Paul Auster
Country United States
Language English
Genre Absurdist fiction
Publisher Faber & Faber
Publication date
April 5, 1994
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 256 (hardback edition)
ISBN ISBN 0-571-17092-7 (hardback edition)
OCLC 29668740
Preceded by Leviathan
Followed by Timbuktu

Mr. Vertigo is a novel written by Paul Auster and first published in 1994. It tells the story of a young orphaned boy from St. Louis, Walter Claireborne Rawley, who happens upon a mysterious traveler known only as Master Yehudi. Master Yehudi trains Walter to fly and they begin traveling across the United States performing this feat at circus sideshows. Many times they are faced with hardships such as the Ku Klux Klan, the Chicago Mob, and Walter's drunken uncle, Slim.


In 2009, produced an audio version of Mr. Vertigo, narrated by Kevin Pariseau, as part of its Modern Vanguard line of audiobooks.

In 2011, it was announced that Terry Gilliam was working on a film adaptation of the book. [1]