Award-winning author whose works blend existentialism and absurdism with crime fiction. He is known for Moon Palace (1989), The Music of Chance (1990), and The Book of Illusions (2002), among other works.
He attended Columbia University and subsequently moved to Paris, where he became a translator of French literature. His debut literary work was a 1982 memoir called The Invention of Solitude.
He wrote the screenplay for the 2007 film, The Inner Life of Martin Frost.
He was born to middle-class Jewish parents in Newark, New Jersey. He was married twice-- to
He was influenced by the renowned Irish author, Samuel Beckett.