Paul Auster’s novel The Book of Illusions explores the implications of stories within stories, especially as films. Auster’s protagonist, David Zimmer, falls into the work of the fictional silent film star Hector Mann. The Inner Life of Martin Frost is a long-lost Mann film. It is also this book, which through Glenn Thomas’s innovative typography and drawings echoes the vertiginous plight of Zimmer as he becomes fascinated by the film. This is an ideal read for anyone interested in how words and imagery can work together to create new forms of understanding.
The Inner Life of Martin Frost marks the first Paul Auster and Glenn Thomas collaboration that is widely available. Hardcover. 32 pages.