City of Glass by Paul Auster
The first story, City of Glass, features a detective-fiction writer become private investigator who descends into madness as he becomes embroiled in a case. It explores layers of identity and reality, from Paul Auster the writer of the novel to the unnamed "author" who reports the events as reality to "Paul Auster the writer", a character in the story, to "Paul Auster the detective", who may or may not exist in the novel, to Peter Stillman the younger to Peter Stillman the elder and, finally, to Daniel Quinn, protagonist.
The 1645th greatest fiction book of all time
This book is on the following lists:
- - The 100 Greatest American Novels, 1893 – 1993 (Jeff O'Neal at Bookriot.com)