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Mistler's Exit

(1998)
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Thomas Mistler has always thought himself "a happy man, as the world goes." A scion of old money, he made his own fortune in advertising and is now poised to sell the company he founded for a fabulous price. But when a medical examination reveals the presence in his liver of a fatal intruder, "preposterously, unmistakably, he begins to rejoice," with a feeling of having been set free. But free from what?

He will seek the answer surreptitiously, without revealing his illness to his family, during a last reprieve, a moment of grace in "the one place on earth where nothing irritates him." But amidst the surreal beauties of Venice, he finds bitterness and chaos as he allows himself to drift for the first time. His halfhearted efforts to seize the day and its present pleasures--first with a striving young photographer and later with a love of his youth who never loved him--cannot compete with his need to commune with the living and the dead that crowd his life: his father and uncle, pillars of the Establishment, sources of the "genetic puritanism" he has never tried to resist; his son, Sam, whose love he has only barely salvaged; his wife, once perfectly "beautiful and suitable," now humiliated by him and half-scorned. And the one woman who embodies everything he might have wished for, a woman he "never had and never lost."

Deeply poignant yet mordantly funny, Mistler's Exit brilliantly discloses the pleasures and miseries of having it all. A masterly revelation of the complexities of the heart.

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Hardback Editions

September 1998 : USA Hardback
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Title: Mistler's Exit
Author(s): Louis Begley
ISBN: 0-375-40262-4 / 978-0-375-40262-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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Paperback Editions

November 1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: Mistler's Exit (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
Author(s): Louis Begley
ISBN: 0-449-00422-8 / 978-0-449-00422-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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June 1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: Mistlers Exit
Author(s): Louis Begley
ISBN: 0-8041-1915-5 / 978-0-8041-1915-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ivy Books
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April 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Mistler's Exit
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April 2011 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Mistler's Exit
Author(s): Louis Begley
Publisher: Recorded Books
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Title: Mistler's Exit
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January 2000 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: Mistler's Exit
Author(s): Louis Begley, Paul Hecht
ISBN: 0-7887-2497-5 / 978-0-7887-2497-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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Kindle Editions

December 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Mistler's Exit (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
Author(s): Louis Begley
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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