Paul Auster's new novel, Invisible, represents a return to form after a couple of books that were slightly below the levels of which he is capable and which he has given us so often in the past . Invisible is a story about a young man at Columbia University forty years ago, told by that man decades later, as he contemplates his own death.
The story is filtered through a college friend from those days, who receives typescripts of the story and adds to them some insights (and the results of some research) of his own. The young man's life was profoundly altered by his encounter with a European professor of international relations and his girl friend; the professor being a kind of evil genius who both attracts and torments the main character. The young man also has a profound love for his sister, which is very powerfully described.
Invisibile is so tightly and artfully constructed that I don't want to give away more, but I do urge that you take a look at this one.
-- Jeremy Nussbaum