Mannen i mörkret by Paul Auster

By Paul Auster

En bok som tvingar oss att konfrontera nattens mörker

Sjuttiotvåårige August Brill återhämtar sig i sin dotters hus i Vermont efter en bilolycka. När han inte kan sova ligger han i sängen och fantiserar ihop historier för att hålla borta saker han helst av allt vill glömma, hans frus nyliga död och det fruktansvärd mordet på hans barnbarns pojkvän, Titus.

August fantiserar om en parallell värld i vilken united states inte är i krig med Irak utan med sig självt. I detta andra united states föll aldrig international exchange heart och stat efter stat trädde ur unionen med ett blodigt inbördeskrig som följd. Medan natten fortskrider ökar August fantasier i styrka och det han så desperat vill glömma insisterar på att bli berättat.

Mannen i mörkret är en roman om vår tid och utkom första gången 2008.

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Not read anything? If I don’t write anything, what would I do? I’ll flunk out of Composition. I’ll have to repeat the class. I’ll copy out of books like the others. No, I’ll write, I’ll write myself. Fine, they’ll kick me out. They’ll beat me until I die. Did you think they’d forever go on picking you up and patting little Sweetie on the back? If only I was good at math. I wish I could play soccer . ” The samovar in front of Granny was boiling. Granny poured a glass of tea and placed it in front of me.

Echo throughout the bathhouse. And in the same way, we fear that due to the sheer, overpowering force of his strong paws which bend our necks to the left and right, little by little our necks will become loose and will come out suddenly from between our shoulders, and our heads will remain in his hands and our bodies will fall on the floor of the bathhouse. As we know, the body-washer never does this to a corpse and this is where it becomes evident to us how forbearing and kind body-washers are.

Hosseini went inside. My spirits rose. I ate the bread and pedaled my bicycle into the street, and off I went. In two hours. ” I would have to kill the two hours until it was time to go see the principal. I knew Mr Hosseini to be a man of his word and that he would definitely phone the principal. However, I was so filled with dread, I feared he would forget. The schoolkids were walking to school with books and schoolbags in hand and I was wandering around in the streets, lost and bewildered. I wanted to go to school and stand there and wait.

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