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Faber & Faber, Jan 31, 2017 - Fiction - 880 pages

'A masterpiece.' Daily Mail

'Absorbing and immersive . . . the author's greatest novel.'


On March 3rd, 1947, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born. From that single beginning, Ferguson's life will take four simultaneous but entirely different paths. Family fortunes diverge. Loves and friendships and passions contrast. Each version of Ferguson's story rushes across the fractured terrain of mid-twentieth century America, in this sweeping story of birthright and possibility, of love and the fullness of life itself.

'Remarkable . . . A novel that contains multitudes.' New York Times

'A vast portrait of the turbulent mid-20th century . . . wonderfully, vividly conveyed.' New Statesman

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User Review  - Paul_S - LibraryThing

Clever idea of branching the life story of the main character and alternating them throughout the book and the final framing was brilliant. Maybe somewhat pretentious but certainly thoughtful. I'm glad for myself that I gave the author a second chance after Sunset Park. Read full review

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User Review  - runner56 - LibraryThing

Told throught the eyes of Archie Ferguson 4321 is really a picture of 60's America with all its dirty laundry on show! Racism, Vietnam war, Tricky Dick, anti war demonstrations, student unrest/riots ... Read full review

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About the author (2017)

Paul Auster is the best-selling author of Winter Journal, Sunset Park, Man in the Dark, The Brooklyn Follies, The Book of Illusions, The New York Trilogy, among many other works. In 2006 he was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature and inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Among his other honours are the Independent Spirit Award for the screenplay of Smoke and the Prix Medicis Etranger forLeviathan. He has also been short-listed for both the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (The Book of Illusions) and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction (The Music of Chance). His work has been translated into more than thirty languages.

He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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