In the Country of Last Things, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


'That is how it works in the City. Every time you think you know the answer to a question, you discover that the question makes no sense . . .'This is the story of Anna Blume and her journey to find her lost brother, William, in the unnamed City.

Like the City itself, however, it is a journey that is doomed, and so all that is left is Anna's unwritten account of what happened.Paul Auster takes us to an unspecified and devastated world in which the self disappears amidst the horrors that surround us.

But this is not just an imaginary, futuristic world: like the settings of Kafka stories, it is one that echoes our own, and in doing so addresses some of our darker legacies. In the Country of Last Things is a tense, psychological take on the dystopian novel.

It continues Auster's deep exploration of his central themes: the modern city, the mysteries of storytelling, and the elusive and unstable nature of truth.


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Not typical of Auster this novel presents a post-technological dystopian post-apocalyptic world. Government has collapsed and cities are full of scavengers. Anna Blume is visiting from a presumably less devastated region of the globe to investigate the disappearance of her journalist brother.The book covers Anna's increasingly desperate life in the ruined city. This is one of my least favourite Auster novels, as I don't think his style lends itself best to this genre of writing.

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In the Country of Last Things was a journal about a womans life as she hunts for her lost brother during the colapse of civilization. Even though a name is never give to the city for some reason I always pictured it as New York. Auster descriptions danced around me as I read about the trials and tribulations of Anna.Paul Austers writing was sparce, not a word was wasted. I wish there had been more. I could have read for much longer. I would definitly recomend this book to others.

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