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Paul Auster - Author

About the Author

Paul Auster is the bestselling author of Winter Journal, Sunset Park, Man in the Dark, The Brooklyn Follies, The Book of Illusions and The New York Trilogy, among many other works. In 2006 he was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature and inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Among his other honours are the Independent Spirit Award for the screenplay of Smoke and the Prix Médicis Étranger for Leviathan. He has also been shortlisted for both the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (The Book of Illusions) and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction (The Music of Chance). His work has been translated into more than forty languages.

He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Author photo © Lotte Hansen

Featured books by Paul Auster

Report from the Interior

Report from the Interior

Author: Paul Auster Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/11/2014

From his baby's-eye view of the man in the moon to his childhood worship of the movie cowboy Buster Crabbe to the composition of his first poem at the age of nine to his dawning awareness of the injustices of American life, Report from the Interior charts Auster's moral, political and intellectual journey as he inches his way toward adulthood through the post-war fifties and into the turbulent 1960s. Auster evokes the sounds, smells, and tactile sensations that marked his early life-and the many images that came at him, including moving images (he adored cartoons, he was in love with films), until, at its unique climax, the book breaks away from prose into pure imagery: The final section of Report from the Interior recapitulates the first three parts, told in an album of pictures. At once a story of the times and the story of the emerging consciousness of a renowned literary artist, this four-part work answers the challenge of autobiography in ways rarely, if ever, seen before.

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Other books by Paul Auster

Collected Poems

Collected Poems

Author: Paul Auster Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2018

The figure of the young American poet living in Paris is familiar from Paul Auster's celebrated novels; here that character is realised in Auster's own stunningly accomplished verse. His penetrating and charged poetry resembles little else in recent American literature. This collection of his poems, translations, and composition notes from early in his career furnish yet further evidence of his literary mastery. Taut, densely lyrical and everywhere informed by a powerful and subtle music, this selection begins with the compact verse fragments of Spokes (written when Auster was in his early twenties) and Unearth, continues on through the more ample meditations of Wall Writing, Disappearances, Effigies, Fragments From the Cold, Facing the Music, and White Spaces, then moves further back in time to include Auster's revealing translations of many of the French poets who influenced his own writing - including Paul Eluard, Andre Breton, Tristan Tzara, Philippe Soupault, Robert Desnos and Rene Char - as well as the provocative and previously unpublished 'Notes From A Composition Book' (1967). An introduction by Norman Finkelstein connects biographical elements to a consideration of the work, and takes in Auster's early literary and philosophical influences. For those interested in Paul Auster's novels - the now-classic New York Trilogy or The Brooklyn Follies - this book is an invaluable opportunity to witness his early development. Powerful, sometimes haunting, cool, precise and limpid, this view from the past to the present will appeal to those unfamiliar with this aspect of Auster's work, as well as those already acquainted with his poetry. Readers will agree that Auster's grasp on language and the world around him is not only questioning, but mysterious and very human, perceptive, and deeply compelling

New York trilogia

New York trilogia

Author: Paul Auster Format: eBook Release Date: 18/06/2018

A New York trilogia az ezredfordulo egyik legelismertebb amerikai irojanak vilagszerte legsikeresebb regenye. Ha akarom, harom onallo, megis osszefuggo klasszikus detektivtortenet, ha akarom, a modern egzisztencialista regeny csucsteljesitmenye, Kafka es Borges kovetoje. Mert mikozben a detektiv a nyomokat koveti, valojaban azt deriti fel, mit jelent emberi lenynek lenni. Auster hosszu evek ota a Nobel-dij varomanyosa, szamtalan irodalmi dij birtokosa, konyveit harminc nyelvre forditottak le. Muvei most a 21. Szazad Kiado uj eletmusorozataban jelennek meg. A New York trilogia az amerikai irodalom uj kezdete."e; The Observer Az egyetlen iro, aki Samuel Becketthez merheto."e; Guardian Elkepesztoen olvasmanyos es titokzatos. Auster uj dimenziokat ad a modern irodalomnak es - ami meg fontosabb - uj perspektivakat a bolygonknak."e; The Boston Globe

Brooklyni balgasagok

Brooklyni balgasagok

Author: Paul Auster Format: eBook Release Date: 18/06/2018

Az elvalt, nyugdijas Nathan Glass mar nem vagyik masra, csak maganyra es nevtelensegre, ezert visszavonul gyerekkora helyszinere, Brooklynba. Csakhogy talalkozik reg nem latott unokaoccsevel, Tommal, aki valaha akademiai ambiciokat dedelgetett, am most taxisofor, majd annak baratjaval, a ketes multu antikvarius Harryvel, es hamarosan azt veszi eszre, hogy egy osszeeskuves reszese, amelynek targya egy hamisitott kezirat, celja pedig a bosszu. Paul Auster ebben a regenyeben a tole megszokottnal melegebb, derusebb hangon mesel kallodo emberekrol, akiknek elete nem ugy alakult, ahogy remeltek, akik mar lemondtak a jovorol, de a jovo meg korantsem mondott le roluk. Auster, hosszu evek ota a Nobel-dij varomanyosa, szamtalan irodalmi dij birtokosa, konyveit harminc nyelvre forditottak le. Muvei most a 21. Szazad Kiado uj eletmusorozataban jelennek meg. "e;Elbuvolo tortenet a csalad elviselhetetlen szepsegerol es a szerelem megvalto erejerol."e; USA TODAY "e;Nagyszivu, eletigenlo, gyenged es mulatsagos tortenet."e; The Washington Post "e;Auster uzenenetet kuld nekunk: van remeny. A szerelem megment bennunket. Meg fogjuk menteni egymast. The Boston Globe

Das rote Notizbuch

Das rote Notizbuch

Author: Paul Auster Format: eBook Release Date: 27/03/2018

Dies ist Paul Austers legendares "e;Red Notebook"e; von 1995, erstmals vollstandig auf Deutsch. Wie wirkt der Zufall auf unser Leben, und was steckt hinter dieser seltsamen Macht? Diese Fragen durchziehen Paul Austers gesamtes schriftstellerisches Werk. In einem roten Notizbuch hat er ber die Jahre wahre Geschichten aus seinem Leben und aus dem von Freunden und Bekannten festgehalten, in denen die unvorhersehbare, wechselhafte, ja bisweilen paradoxe Natur der menschlichen Erfahrung deutlich zutage tritt: fnfundzwanzig unglaubliche Erzhlungen, wahr und doch so phantastisch, dass man sie am liebsten einer durchtriebenen Schriftstellerphantasie zuschreiben mchte, um sich nicht von ihrer Magie erschrecken zu lassen. Ein verbrannter Zwiebelkuchen, eine falsche Telefonnummer, ein vom Blitz getroffener Junge, ein in einem Pariser Hotelzimmer vergessener Zettel - sie und anderes lsen merkwrdige Ereignisse aus und fhren nebenbei zu einer einzigartigen Ars poetica, einem literarischen Manifest, das in die unvernderliche Form reinsten Erzhlens gebracht wurde.

4 3 2 1

4 3 2 1

Author: Paul Auster Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2017

On March 3rd, 1947, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born. From that single beginning, Ferguson's life will take four simultaneous paths. Four Fergusons will go on to lead four parallel and entirely different lives. Family fortunes diverge. Loves and friendships and passions contrast. Each version of Ferguson's story rushes across the fractured terrain of mid-twentieth century America, in this sweeping story of birthright and possibility, of love and the fullness of life itself.

A Life In Words

A Life In Words

Author: Paul Auster Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2017

4 3 2 1

4 3 2 1

Author: Paul Auster Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/09/2017

LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017 On March 3rd, 1947, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born. From that single beginning, Ferguson's life will take four simultaneous paths. Four Fergusons will go on to lead four parallel and entirely different lives. Family fortunes diverge. Loves and friendships and passions contrast. Each version of Ferguson's story rushes across the fractured terrain of mid-twentieth century America, in this sweeping story of birthright and possibility, of love and the fullness of life itself.

4 3 2 1

4 3 2 1

Author: Paul Auster Format: eBook Release Date: 31/01/2017

Paul Auster, der bekannte amerikanische Bestsellerautor, legt in Gestalt eines Ratselspiels sein bisher umfangreichstes Werk und Opus magnum vor: die vierfach unterschiedlich erzahlte Geschichte eines jungen Amerikaners in den funfziger und sechziger Jahren des 20. Jahrhunderts - ein Epos voll mit Politik, Zeitgeschichte, Liebe, Leidenschaft und dem wechselvollen Spiel des Zufalls. "e;4 3 2 1"e; - das sind vier Variationen eines Lebens: Archibald Ferguson, von allen nur Archie genannt, wchst im Newark der fnfziger Jahre auf. "e;Was fr ein interessanter Gedanke"e;, sagt er sich als kleiner Junge, "e;sich vorzustellen, wie fr ihn alles anders sein knnte, auch wenn er selbst immer derselbe bliebe. Ja, alles war mglich, und nur weil etwas auf eine bestimmte Weise geschah, hie das noch lange nicht, dass es nicht auch auf eine andere Weise geschehen konnte."e;Im Verein mit der hheren Macht einer von Paul Auster raffiniert dirigierten literarischen Vorsehung entspinnen sich nun vier unterschiedliche Versionen von Archies Leben: provinziell und bescheiden; kmpferisch, aber vom Unglck verfolgt; betroffen und besessen von den Ereignissen der Zeit; knstlerisch genial begabt und nach den Sternen greifend. Und alle vier sind vollgepackt mit Abenteuern, Liebe, Lebenskmpfen und den Schlgen eines unberechenbaren Schicksals 3 2 1"e; ist ein faszinierendes Gedankenspiel und ein Hhepunkt in Austers Schaffen. Seine groen Themen, das Streben nach Glck, die Rolle des Zufalls, Politik und Zeitgeschichte von Hiroshima bis Vietnam - alle sind hier versammelt und verdichtet in den hoffnungsvollen Lebenswegen eines jungen Mannes, der sein Glck in der Welt zu finden sucht. (Einige Kapitel mit Nummerierung, aber ohne Text in diesem Buch sind knstlerische Absicht des Autors, keine technischen Fehler.)

Ein Leben in Worten

Ein Leben in Worten

Author: Paul Auster, Inge Birgitte Siegumfeldt Format: eBook Release Date: 31/01/2017

Ein einzigartiger Zugang zu Austers WerkJedes seiner Bcher ist fr Paul Auster eine Reise auf einer unbekannten Strae. Zusammen mit der Professorin Inge Birgitte Siegumfeldt hat er sich aufgemacht, diese Reisen noch einmal aus der Rckschau zu betrachten. Drei Jahre lang trafen sich beide zu Gesprchen ber Austers Bcher. In einem intensiven, persnlichen Dialog erkunden sie seine groen Romane und die autobiographischen Texte. Auster gibt dabei einen intimen Einblick in seine Arbeit, erzhlt amsante Anekdoten und spricht offen wie selten ber Inspirationsquellen und Motivation. Die scharfsinnigen Fragen und Gedanken Siegumfeldts fordern den Autor heraus, und so entsteht ein berraschender, kluger Austausch zweier Literaturliebhaber.

Collected Novels Volume Four

Collected Novels Volume Four

Author: Paul Auster Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/03/2016

This volume of Paul Auster's collected novels includes Travels in the Scriptorium, Man in the Dark, Invisible and Sunset Park.

The New York Trilogy Faber Modern Classics

The New York Trilogy Faber Modern Classics

Author: Paul Auster Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2015

The New York Trilogy is perhaps the most astonishing work by one of America's most consistently astonishing writers. The Trilogy is three cleverly interconnected novels that exploit the elements of standard detective fiction and achieve a new genre that is all the more gripping for its starkness. It is a riveting work of detective fiction worthy of Raymond Chandler, and at the same time a profound and unsettling existentialist enquiry in the tradition of Kafka or Borges. In each story the search for clues leads to remarkable coincidences in the universe as the simple act of trailing a man ultimately becomes a startling investigation of what it means to be human. The New York Trilogy is the modern novel at its finest: a truly bold and arresting work of fiction with something to transfix and astound every reader. 'Marks a new departure for the American novel.' Observer 'A shatteringly clever piece of work . . . Utterly gripping, written with an acid sharpness that leaves an indelible dent in the back of the mind.' Sunday Telegraph 'The New York Trilogy established him as the only author one could compare to Samuel Beckett.' Guardian

Report from the Interior

Report from the Interior

Author: Paul Auster Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/11/2014

From his baby's-eye view of the man in the moon to his childhood worship of the movie cowboy Buster Crabbe to the composition of his first poem at the age of nine to his dawning awareness of the injustices of American life, Report from the Interior charts Auster's moral, political and intellectual journey as he inches his way toward adulthood through the post-war fifties and into the turbulent 1960s. Auster evokes the sounds, smells, and tactile sensations that marked his early life-and the many images that came at him, including moving images (he adored cartoons, he was in love with films), until, at its unique climax, the book breaks away from prose into pure imagery: The final section of Report from the Interior recapitulates the first three parts, told in an album of pictures. At once a story of the times and the story of the emerging consciousness of a renowned literary artist, this four-part work answers the challenge of autobiography in ways rarely, if ever, seen before.

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Bericht aus dem Inneren

Bericht aus dem Inneren

Author: Paul Auster Format: eBook Release Date: 26/09/2014

Paul Auster fuhrt uns in seine fruhe Kindheit, in eine Zeit, in der die Uhren noch Gesichter, die Stifte noch Flugzeuge, die Aste von Baumen noch Arme sein konnten und auch der Mann im Mond, obgleich ohne Gestalt, noch ein echter Mann war. Auster beschreibt diese phantastische Welt vor den Begriffen mit groer Warme und leichter Hand. Aber die Fragen, die sich ihm und uns darin stellen, haben Gewicht: Wann werden einem Menschen die Koordinaten seiner Lebenssituation bewusst? Wann begreift sich der kleine Junge aus New Jersey als Amerikaner? Wann als amerikanischer Jude?Gemeinsam mit seinen Lesern lernt Auster jenen Paul neu kennen, der ihm viele Jahre spter nur noch schemenhaft vor Augen steht, der allmhlich zum Knstler heranwchst, rastlos in winzigen Pariser Zimmern ausharrt, Drehbcher und Liebesbriefe schreibt, Ideen verfolgt und verwirft, die Studentenrevolte in New York erlebt und sich zunehmend professionell dem Schreiben widmet. Dieses Buch ist ein stimmiges Gegenstck zum "e;Winterjournal"e;. Nach der Geschichte seines Krpers erzhlt Auster ebenso unverstellt und poetisch die Geschichte seiner Bewusstwerdung: "e;Die Welt ist in meinem Kopf. Mein Krper ist in der Welt."e;

Report from the Interior

Report from the Interior

Author: Paul Auster Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2014

'In the beginning, everything was alive. The smallest objects were endowed with beating hearts . . .' Having recalled his life through the story of his physical self in Winter Journal, internationally best-selling novelist Paul Auster now remembers the experience of his development from within, through the encounters of his interior self with the outer world, as well as through a selection of the revealing letters he sent to his first wife, acclaimed author Lydia Davis. An impressionistic portrait of a writer coming of age, Report from the Interior moves from Auster's baby's-eye view of the man in the moon to his childhood worship of the movie cowboy Buster Crabbe to the composition of his first poem at the age of nine to his dawning awareness of the injustices of American life. Report from the Interior charts Auster's moral, political and intellectual journey as he inches his way toward adulthood through the post-war fifties and into the turbulent 1960s. Paul Auster evokes the sounds, smells, and tactile sensations that marked his early life - and the many images that came at him, including moving images (he adored cartoons, he was in love with films), until, at its unique climax, the book breaks away from prose into pure imagery: the final section of Report from the Interior recapitulates the first three parts, told in an album of pictures. At once a story of the times and the story of the emerging consciousness of a renowned literary artist, this four-part work answers the challenge of autobiography in ways rarely, if ever, seen before.

Lulu on the Bridge

Lulu on the Bridge

Author: Paul Auster Format: eBook Release Date: 29/04/2014

The insider's guide and perfect companion to the film starring Harvey Keitel, Mira Sorvino, and Vanessa Redgrave.Stunning and surreal, Lulu on the Bridge is a romantic mystery with a lot on its mind. It is the story of Izzy and Celia, two lonely, wounded, and mismatched strangers, transformed into soul mates by the uncanny powers of a phosphorescent stone. Destiny, as well as some bizarre and near-tragic circumstances, conspire to keep the lovers apart. But the audience and reader are privy to a grand and surprising finale that explains all. Thought-provoking, intriguing, and utterly romantic, Lulu on the Bridge offers a lyrical meditation on what distinguishes chance from fate, reality from illusion, and life from death. Following on the success of the screenplay companion to Smoke and Blue in the Face, this book contains the shooting script; an interview with Paul Auster by Rebecca Prime; interviews with the producer, costume designer, editor, director of photography, and production designer; and stills from the film.

Collected Prose

Collected Prose

Author: Paul Auster Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/01/2014

The celebrated author of The New York Trilogy, The Book of Illusions and Invisible presents here a highly personal collection of essays, prefaces and occasional pieces written for magazines and newspapers. Ranging in subject from Walter Raleigh to Kafka; Hawthorne to the high-wire artist Philippe Petit; conceptual artist Sophie Calle to Auster's own Olympia typewriter; the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers to his beloved New York City itself, Auster displays all his customary flair, wit and insight. Including several of his major works - important books in their own right, such as Hand to Mouth and The Invention of Solitude - this collection demonstrates and reaffirms the pre-eminent position Paul Auster holds in contemporary literature and criticism.