Man Walks Into a Room (2002) With a brisk empathy, Man Walks Into a Room author Nicole Krauss tells the story of Samson Greene, a Columbia University professor with a cherry-size… 2002-05-01 Fiction Doubleday
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Man Walks Into a Room (2002)

Nicole Krauss, Man Walks Into a Room | NOWHERE 'MAN' The riveting title charcter of Krauss' novel wakes up from surgery with a blind spot covering 24 years
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NOWHERE 'MAN' The riveting title charcter of Krauss' novel wakes up from surgery with a blind spot covering 24 years
EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: May 01, 2002; Writer: Nicole Krauss; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Doubleday

With a brisk empathy, Man Walks Into a Room author Nicole Krauss tells the story of Samson Greene, a Columbia University professor with a cherry-size brain tumor, the removal of which erases 24 years of memory: Samson wakes as a strikingly intelligent man with all the experience of a preteen. He must now deal with a wife he doesn't know and friends he can't recall (''Everyone seemed to hope to be the one he remembered, as if winning his recognition were a million-dollar sweepstakes'').

Krauss' prose is casually dazzling, as are the ideas she explores through Samson. Robbed (or freed) of identity, he's a man bereft of preferences and pet peeves, stripped of gestures and habits. Who, then, does that make him? For starters, a thoroughly riveting character.

Originally posted Jul 30, 2002 Published in issue #665 Aug 02, 2002 Order article reprints