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Mr. Vertigo

(1994)
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In Mr. Vertigo, his dazzling eighth novel, Paul Auster introduces a quintessentially American hero who, early in his life, masters the art of the unimaginable, and then must live out his days long after the magic has been lost and forgotten. It is 1927, the year of Babe Ruth and Charles Lindbergh - and of Walter Claireborne Rawley, a streetwise orphan from Saint Louis who becomes "Walt the Wonder Boy," a diminutive showman famous for stunning audiences across the country with his feats of levitation. Walt's teacher is Master Yehudi, a mysterious iconoclast who rescues him from poverty and instills in him the faith, fearlessness, and devotion to hard work essential to such a magnificent venture. Inevitably, Master Yehudi and Walt fall prey to the sinners thieves, and villains of America in its pre-depression heyday, from the Kansas Ku Klux Klan to the Chicago mob, and Walt's resilience, like that of his young nation, is over and again challenged. Paul Auster, a "literary original" (Wall Street Journal) whose "bounties of intelligence, mystery and literary magic nourish and delight the mind" (Chicago Sun-Times), embraces both the realist and the mythic traditions in American literature. Walt and Yehudi are classic entrepreneur adventurers, and what they sell in Walt's performance is defiance of the natural laws governing men. This is an extraordinary, exuberant novel that captures the aspirations and excesses of a country ready to soar.

 
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Hardback Editions

July 1994 : USA Hardback
Title: Mr. Vertigo
Author(s): Paul Auster
ISBN: 0-670-85209-0 / 978-0-670-85209-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking Adult
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April 1994 : UK Hardback
Title: Mr Vertigo
Author(s): Paul Auster
ISBN: 0-571-17092-7 / 978-0-571-17092-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
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February 1994 : UK Hardback
Title: Mr Vertigo
Author(s): Paul Auster
ISBN: 0-571-17111-7 / 978-0-571-17111-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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Paperback Editions

January 2006 : UK Paperback
Title: Mr Vertigo
Author(s): Paul Auster
ISBN: 0-571-22908-5 / 978-0-571-22908-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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November 1997 : UK Paperback
Title: Mr. Vertigo
Author(s): Paul Auster
ISBN: 0-571-17325-X / 978-0-571-17325-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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April 1995 : UK Paperback
Title: Mr. Vertigo
Author(s): Paul Auster
ISBN: 0-571-17345-4 / 978-0-571-17345-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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August 1995 : UK Paperback
Title: Mr. Vertigo
Author(s): Paul Auster
ISBN: 0-14-023190-0 / 978-0-14-023190-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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Audio Editions

February 2016 : MP3 CD
Title: Mr. Vertigo
Author(s): Paul Auster
ISBN: 1-5113-0935-0 / 978-1-5113-0935-6
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance
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August 2009 : USA Audio edition
Title: Mr. Vertigo
Author(s): Paul Auster
Publisher: Audible Studios
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August 2009 : UK Audio edition
Title: Mr. Vertigo
Author(s): Paul Auster
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

November 2010 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Mr Vertigo
Author(s): Paul Auster
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   

August 1995 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Mr. Vertigo
Author(s): Paul Auster
Publisher: Penguin Books
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