Man in the Dark (novel)

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Man in the Dark
First edition
AuthorPaul Auster
CountryUnited States
PublisherHenry Holt and Co.
Publication date
August 19, 2008
Media typePrint (Hardback) and Audio CD
Pages180 pp
Preceded byTravels in the Scriptorium 
Followed byInvisible 

Man in the Dark is a novel by Paul Auster published in August 2008. Its topic is a dystopian scenario of the present-day United States being torn apart by a new secession and civil war after the presidential elections of 2000. (The fictional division between the secessionist and loyal states is very similar to the "Jesusland" map.) This is told within a frame narrative of an aging journalist reflecting on his family and the death of his wife.



  • California Literary Review, by Garan Holcombe [1]
  • San Francisco Chronicle, by Stephen Elliott [2]
  • The Telegraph, by Ruth Scurr [3]
  • The New York Review of Books, by Michael Dirda [4]
  • The Washington Post, by Jeff Turrentine [5] (Washington Post Best Books of the Year)

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