Paul Auster, Sunset Park, Faber & Faber, 2010
(originally published in Afrikaans in Rapport, 24 Jan. 2011)
As with his previous novel, Invisible, Auster continues in Sunset Park with main characters who are in early adulthood. This time, however, the story is set in 2009, post-recession America, and the book can very much be read like Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom: a lament from and for a world in decline. This sense of decline is firstly captured by the rudderless lives of Auster’s four main characters.