From the young, internationally acclaimed author of Measuring the World comes a stunningtragicomic novel about three brothers, their relationship to their distantfather, and their individual fates and struggles in the modern world
One day Arthur Friedland piles his three sons intothe car and drives them to see the Great Lindemann, Master of Hypnosis.Protesting that he doesn’t believe in magic even as he is led onto the stage,Arthur nevertheless experiences something. Later that night, while his familysleeps, he takes his passport, empties all the money from his bank account, andvanishes. In time, still absent from his family, he begins to publish novelsand becomes an internationally renowned author. His sons grow into men whomanifest their inexplicable loss—Martin becomes a priest who does not believein God; Ivan, a painter in constant artistic crisis; Eric, a businessman givento hallucinations and a fear of ghosts—even as they struggle to understandtheir father’s disappearance and make their own places in the world.
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