The Visible Man: A Novel

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New York Times bestselling author of Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs and Downtown Owl, “the Ethicist” of the New York Times Magazine, Chuck Klosterman returns to fiction with his second novel—an imaginative page-turner about a therapist and her unusual patient, a man who can render himself invisible.

Therapist Victoria Vick is contacted by a cryptic, unlikable man who insists his situation is unique and unfathomable. As he slowly reveals himself, Vick becomes convinced that he suffers from a complex set of delusions: Y__, as she refers to him, claims to be a scientist who has stolen cloaking technology from an aborted government project in order to render himself nearly invisible. He says he uses this ability to observe random individuals within their daily lives, usually when they are alone and vulnerable. Unsure of his motives or honesty, Vick becomes obsessed with her patient and the disclosure of his increasingly bizarre and disturbing tales. Over time, it threatens her career, her marriage, and her own identity.

Interspersed with notes, correspondence, and transcriptions that catalog a relationship based on curiosity and fear, The Visible Man touches on all of Chuck Klosterman’s favorite themes—the consequence of culture, the influence of media, the complexity of voyeurism, and the existential contradiction of normalcy. Is this comedy, criticism, or horror? Not even Y__ seems to know for sure.


  • TheVisibleMan 01 Intro

    Duration: 31s
  • TheVisibleMan 02 FromTheOffice

    Duration: 11min
  • TheVisibleMan 03 Part1

    Duration: 16min
  • TheVisibleMan 04 Part1 a

    Duration: 18min
  • TheVisibleMan 05 TheFirstMeaningful

    Duration: 20min
  • TheVisibleMan 06 TheFirstMeaningful a

    Duration: 13min
  • TheVisibleMan 07 TheSecondMeaningful

    Duration: 17min
  • TheVisibleMan 08 TheThirdMeaningful

    Duration: 05min
  • TheVisibleMan 09 TheThirdMeaningful a

    Duration: 27min
  • TheVisibleMan 10 Part2

    Duration: 17min
  • TheVisibleMan 11 TheRevelation

    Duration: 17min
  • TheVisibleMan 12 Part3

    Duration: 05min
  • TheVisibleMan 13 TheValerieSessions

    Duration: 25min
  • TheVisibleMan 14 TheValerieSessions a

    Duration: 24min
  • TheVisibleMan 15 AnAttempt

    Duration: 12min
  • TheVisibleMan 16 FromTheOffice

    Duration: 14min
  • TheVisibleMan 17 TheUnclearStory

    Duration: 19min
  • TheVisibleMan 18 AnotherLapse

    Duration: 16min
  • TheVisibleMan 19 AMemoryOr

    Duration: 18min
  • TheVisibleMan 20 APersonalRevelation

    Duration: 13min
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