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Travels in the Scriptorium

(2006)
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A man pieces together clues to his past—and the identity of his captors—in this fantastic, labyrinthine novel
An old man awakens, disoriented, in an unfamiliar chamber. With no memory of who he is or how he has arrived there, he pores over the relics on the desk, examining the circumstances of his confinement and searching his own hazy mind for clues.
Determining that he is locked in, the man—identified only as Mr. Blank—begins reading a manuscript he finds on the desk, the story of another prisoner, set in an alternate world the man doesn't recognize. Nevertheless, the pages seem to have been left for him, along with a haunting set of photographs. As the day passes, various characters call on the man in his cell—vaguely familiar people, some who seem to resent him for crimes he can't remember—and each brings frustrating hints of his identity and his past. All the while an overhead camera clicks and clicks, recording his movements, and a microphone records every sound in the room. Someone is watching.
Both chilling and poignant, Travels in the Scriptorium is vintage Auster: mysterious texts, fluid identities, a hidden past, and, somewhere, an obscure tormentor. And yet, as we discover during one day in the life of Mr. Blank, his world is not so different from our own.

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Hardback Editions

July 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: Travels in the Scriptorium (Basic)
Author(s): Paul Auster
ISBN: 0-7862-9642-9 / 978-0-7862-9642-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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January 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: Travels in the Scriptorium: A Novel
Author(s): Paul Auster
ISBN: 0-8050-8145-3 / 978-0-8050-8145-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
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October 2006 : UK Hardback
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Title: Travels in the Scriptorium
Author(s): Paul Auster
ISBN: 0-571-23255-8 / 978-0-571-23255-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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Paperback Editions

December 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: Travels in the Scriptorium: A Novel
Author(s): Paul Auster
ISBN: 0-312-42629-1 / 978-0-312-42629-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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September 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: Travels in the Scriptorium
Author(s): Paul Auster
ISBN: 0-571-23256-6 / 978-0-571-23256-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
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June 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: Travels in the Scriptorium
Author(s): Paul Auster
ISBN: 0-571-23257-4 / 978-0-571-23257-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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June 2007 : USA Perfect Paperback
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Title: Travels in the Scriptorium
Author(s): Paul Auster
ISBN: 0-312-94840-9 / 978-0-312-94840-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan USA
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January 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: Travels in the Scriptorium
Author(s): Paul Auster
ISBN: 0-571-23259-0 / 978-0-571-23259-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber, London
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Audio Editions

2008 : USA Audio CD

Title: Travels in the Scriptorium - on Playaway
Author(s): Paul Auster
ISBN: 1-60640-471-7 / 978-1-60640-471-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Playaway
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February 2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Travels in the Scriptorium
Author(s): Paul Auster
ISBN: 1-4001-0374-6 / 978-1-4001-0374-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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February 2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Travels in the Scriptorium
Author(s): Paul Auster
ISBN: 1-4001-3374-2 / 978-1-4001-3374-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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February 2007 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Travels in the Scriptorium
Author(s): Paul Auster
ISBN: 1-4001-5374-3 / 978-1-4001-5374-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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January 2007 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Travels in the Scriptorium: A Novel
Author(s): Paul Auster
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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Kindle Editions

November 2010 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Travels in the Scriptorium
Author(s): Paul Auster
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK