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Author: Paul Auster; Publisher: Henry Holt and Company; 232 pages; ISBN-0-8050-5408-1
The Book of Illusions is the fictional story of David Zimmer, a writer who becomes involved in researching and writing a book on the life of a little-known silent film comedian named Hector Mann. As a means to deal with his own grief over losing his family, David’s research unwittingly leads him to discover the truth behind Mann’s disappearance in the late 1920s. An imaginatively credible and cleverly written multi-layered story, Auster’s novel also serves as homage to both literary endeavors as well as the silent film era (Klaus Ming December 2013).