Unknown: A Novel and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $14.00
  • Save: $1.40 (10%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Unknown: A Novel has been added to your Cart
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Eligible for Amazon's FREE Super Saver/Prime Shipping, 24/7 Customer Service, and package tracking. 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Unknown: A Novel Paperback – January 12, 2011


See all 11 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$12.60
$0.01 $0.01
Multimedia CD
"Please retry"
$9.99

Best Books of the Year
See the Best Books of 2014
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for 2014's Best Books of the Year in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Year
Best Books of 2014
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for 2014's Best Books of the Year in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (January 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014311901X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143119012
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,873,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

"A convincing little nightmare. A Twilight Zone-ish yarn that tests the very notion of how human identity is shaped."
-Entertainment Weekly

"Simply thrilling. Its surprising denoument works a retrospective magic."
-The New York Times Book Review

"Compelling ... The terse prose is unpretentious and the plot is full of captivating twists."
-San Francisco Chronicle

"An engaging intellectual page-turner."
-Rain Taxi

"Had Camus trained at the CIA, this is the book he would have written. A hauntingly literary espionage thriller."
-Brad Thor, author of State of the Union

"Van Cauwelaert starts with a premise that could serve a Hitchcock thriller, a Twilight Zone episode, or a heavy-going exercise in existentialism. But [he] nimbly sidesteps clichT and pretense.... The swift final scene-a breathtaking jetT-should surprise even the most jaded fan of thrillers. A little gem."
-Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Mark Polizzotti is the translator of more than thirty books from the French. His articles and reviews have appeared in The Wall Street Journal and The Nation. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Customer Reviews

2.9 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James N Simpson on March 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
Unknown is a reprint of the 2004 published Out of My Head with the movie poster for a book cover and movie's name replacing the original title. I certainly missed knowing about the original book when it came out, so am glad the publishers did this, or I would have missed out on a great book. I haven't seen the movie so can't compare the two, however this is a very, very good book, a sort of Harlan Coben style plot where as a reader you go along with the narrator on his journey of confusion, frustration and every other feeling he goes through as he tries to discover what is going on and why it is happening to him. Basically the plot revolves around Martin Harris, a brilliant botanist scientist, whose about to revolutionise the world with his work, that's why he just moved to Paris with his wife. However he's involved in a taxi crash which leaves him in a coma for three days. No one comes to visit him during the recovery days which is a little annoying, but nothing compared to the stress Martin goes through when he knocks on his door and another man is living in his apartment. The angry man claims to be him and his wife supports this. Since Martin never got to know his new neighbours they along with the police all assume Martin is some sort of con artist or escaped mental patient. Martin knows who he is and is determined to prove this fact and reclaim his life.

This is a short read, a novella of 164 pages that you just won't want to put down. The ending comes and wraps up quickly in just a few pages, which is my only criticism of what up to then I would have labelled one of the best books I've read in a long time. It also sort of feels rushed in coming up as a how to end this brilliant up to then story solution. I'm interested now in checking out the movie just to see if it ends a bit better and clearer than the book.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alla S. VINE VOICE on March 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
Unknown by Dieter van Cauwelaert is a psychological thriller that revolves around Martin Harris--an American botanist who arrives in Paris for a conference, only for his taxi to get into an accident which leads Harris into a coma. After waking up from his coma, Harris goes up to where he's staying with his wife, only to see that another man has taken his place and is claiming to be the botanist Martin Harris.

Ok, so this came out in the movie theaters recently with Liam Neeson starring as Martin Harris, January Jones as the wife, and Helen Kruger as the taxi driver. Also the movie takes place in Berlin instead of Paris. But nevertheless, I'm always interested in what makes one book into a movie, while other books remain books. And reading the story, I can understand why Hollywood came calling.

First of all, the core of the book is a deep psychological mystery. What's it like to have another person living your life? Having the exact same childhood, spouse, and profession? At first glance, this may seem like a science fiction type set-up. But the good thing about this story is there's no fantasy involved. Everything is very real. The story pulls you in, and you walk alongside Harris--feeling the same emotions of confusion and anger as he does. The author makes it clear that something sinister is going on, but keeps you clueless until the end.

Another good aspect of this book were the characters. As the main character, Martin Harris is sympathetic. As he runs to the police and tries to speak to his wife, no one believes him, except for the taxi driver--another sympathetic character who is a single mother and in danger of losing her taxi license after the crash.
Read more ›
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Squeak on April 12, 2012
Format: Audible Audio Edition
I listened to this story as an audiobook, narrated by Bronson Pinchot, so my review is based on that version.

Martin Harris believes he is the victim of identity theft. He awakes after being in a car accident that left him in a coma for a few days. Things are a bit fuzzy for Martin. He remembers who he is; the problem is that someone else thinks they are him also. But who is the actual Martin Harris? How do you prove you are you who you think you are when someone else has all the documentation proving they are you? Since Martin's accident happened on the day he and his wife had moved to France, there are no neighbors who can vouch for him. Since he is married, the easiest way would be to ask his wife. When his wife says he is not the real Martin Harris he is left dumbfounded.

Convinced his wife is having an affair and this is just her way of getting back at him for being a lousy husband, Martin continues to try and convince people he is the real Martin Harris. As everything starts rolling in against him, he starts to doubt himself. But if he isn't Martin Harris, then who is he and how did he get all of Martin's memories?

I really enjoyed this story. I wasn't sure if Martin was really Martin or there was some really weird scientific experimentation going on with this man's brain. If he was really Martin then why would his wife deny it? If he wasn't, then how did he get all the memories and what not? I wasn't sure if the author was going to dip into the paranormal side to solve the mystery or not! This is one of these stories that even after the `big reveal' I wanted to go back and listen to it again.

Narration Review:
This audiobook was narrated by Bronson Pinchot and it was the first time that I have listened to his narration.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews