978 0 571 22897 6
Paperback 256 pages

Six days ago, a man blew himself up by the side of the road in northern Wisconsin...

The explosion that detonates the narrative of Paul Auster's remarkable novel also ends the life of its hero, Benjamin Sachs, and brings two FBI agents to the house of his oldest friend, the writer Peter Aaron. What follows if Aaron's complex and moving account of Sachs' secret life, as Aaron attempts, through testimony, to make sense of his friend's challenge to the complacency of modern life.