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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 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.

Report from the Interior

Report from the Interior

Author: Paul Auster Format: eBook Release Date: 19/11/2013

Paul Auster's most intimate autobiographical work to dateIn 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 acclaimed novelist Paul Auster now remembers the experience of his development from within through the encounters of his interior self with the outer world in Report from the Interior.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 postwar 1950s 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-which makes it everyone's story-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. A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of 2013

Winterjournal

Winterjournal

Author: Paul Auster Format: eBook Release Date: 20/09/2013

Dies ist ein emotional mitreiendes, mit den ersten Zeilen packendes Buch: eine Lebensbeichte ganz aus der Warte des Korpers. Man kommt darin dem Schriftsteller Paul Auster sehr nahe, aber auch und vor allem dem Mann an der Schwelle zum Alter. Paul Auster spricht aus, was seine Hand, seine Fe, seine Glieder im Verlauf eines langen Lebens getan haben. Er lsst seine Liebesbeziehungen Revue passieren: viele zunchst und dann - dreiig Jahre lang - nur noch die eine, groe Liebe! Die Kinder, die Abtreibungen, die Krankheiten. Er spricht ber die Begegnungen mit dem Tod: ein Sturz als Junge, eine Herzattacke, ein Autounfall. ber die Krperlichkeit auch, die unendliche Empfindlichkeit jenes physischen Systems, das uns am Leben erhlt und ber das wir so wenig nachdenken, solange es funktioniert. Alkohol, Zigarillos, Schte - all die Versuchungen, dieses System auszutricksen, sich dem Verfall, dem Alltag zu entziehen. "e;Winterjournal"e; ist eine Art Autobiographie, aber keine konventionelle, sondern hchste literarische Kunst: voll philosophischer Betrachtungen, poetischer Impressionen, intimer Einsichten.

Winter Journal

Winter Journal

Author: Paul Auster Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2013

'You think it will never happen to you, that it cannot happen to you, that you are the only person world to whom none of these things will ever happen, and then, one by one, they all begin to happen to you, in the same way they happen to everyone else.' In Winter Journal, Paul Auster moves through the events of his life in a series of memories grasped from the point of view of his life now: playing baseball as a teenager; participating in the anti-Vietnam demonstrations at Columbia University; seeking out prostitutes in Paris, almost killing his second wife and child in a car accident; falling in and out of live with his first wife; the 'scalding, epiphanic moment of clarity' in 1978 that set him on a new course as a writer. Winter Journal is a poignant memoir of ageing and memory, written with all the characteristic subtlety, imagination and insight that readers of Paul Auster have come to cherish. 'An examination of the emotions of a man growing old . . . this book has much to recommend it, and Auster is unsparingly honest about himself.' Financial Times

Winter Journal

Winter Journal

Author: Paul Auster Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2013

'You think it will never happen to you, that it cannot happen to you, that you are the only person world to whom none of these things will ever happen, and then, one by one, they all begin to happen to you, in the same way they happen to everyone else.' In Winter Journal, Paul Auster moves through the events of his life in a series of memories grasped from the point of view of his life now: playing baseball as a teenager; participating in the anti-Vietnam demonstrations at Columbia University; seeking out prostitutes in Paris, almost killing his second wife and child in a car accident; falling in and out of live with his first wife; the 'scalding, epiphanic moment of clarity' in 1978 that set him on a new course as a writer. Winter Journal is a poignant memoir of ageing and memory, written with all the characteristic subtlety, imagination and insight that readers of Paul Auster have come to cherish. 'An examination of the emotions of a man growing old . . . this book has much to recommend it, and Auster is unsparingly honest about himself.' Financial Times

Here and Now

Here and Now

Author: Paul Auster, J. M. Coetzee Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2013

Paul Auster and J. M. Coetzee are respectively responsible for some of the great contemporary works of fiction: Auster's The New York Trilogy or Coetzee's Disgrace are only two of these authors' legendary works. In Here and Now, these remarkable thinkers are brought together in print for the first time. Although Auster and Coetzee had been reading each other's books for years, the two writers did not meet until February 2008. Not long after, Auster received a letter from Coetzee, suggesting they begin exchanging letters on a regular basis and, 'God willing, strike sparks off each other.' Here and Now is the result of that proposal: an epistolary dialogue between two great writers who became great friends. Over three years their letters touched on nearly every subject, from sports to fatherhood, film festivals to Israel and Palestine, philosophy to politics, from the financial crisis to art, family, marriage, friendship, and love. Their correspondence offers an intimate and often amusing portrait of these two men as they explore the complexities of the here and now, and reflects two sharp intellects whose pleasure in each other's friendship is apparent on every page.

Here and Now

Here and Now

Author: Paul Auster, J. M. Coetzee Format: eBook Release Date: 07/03/2013

';[A] civilized discourse between two cultivated and sophisticated men. . . . It's a pleasure to be in their company.' Michael Dirda,The Washington Post After a meeting at an Australian literary festival brought them together in 2008, novelists Paul Auster and J. M. Coetzee began exchanging letters on a regular basis with the hope they might ';strike sparks off each other."e;Here and Nowis the result: a three-year epistolary dialogue that touches on nearly every subject, from sports to fatherhood, literature to film, philosophy to politics, from the financial crisis to art, death, eroticism, marriage, friendship, and love. Their high-spirited and luminous correspondence offers an intimate and often amusing portrait of these two men as they explore the complexities of the here and now and reveal their pleasure in each other's friendship on every page.

Die Erfindung der Einsamkeit

Die Erfindung der Einsamkeit

Author: Paul Auster Format: eBook Release Date: 02/01/2013

"e;Die Erfindung der Einsamkeit ist ein uberraschend leicht lesbares Buch von existentieller Wucht und beispielloser Wahrhaftigkeit ... Paul Auster, dessen Vorfahren aus Osterreich kamen, erinnert an einen Robert Musil, der Hammett und Chandler gelesen hat."e; (Klaus Modick, Suddeutsche Zeitung)

Mr. Vertigo

Mr. Vertigo

Author: Paul Auster Format: eBook Release Date: 02/01/2013

Auf einem Jahrmarkt in Kansas spaziert im Jahre 1927 der zwolfjahrige Waisenjunge Walter Clairborne Rawley durch die Lufte. Es ist der Beginn einer wundersamen Karriere. Doch bald geraten Walter - frech, scharfzungig und nie um einen Trick verlegen - und sein Lehrmeister Yehudi ins Visier der Schurken und Gangster Amerikas. Paul Austers abenteuerlicher Roman ist ein Gleichnis von konomischem Aufstieg und moralischem Verfall, ein Spiel mit den Mythen und Idealen eines Landes, das sich noch unschuldig whnt, doch lngst durch Gier und bermut gefhrdet ist.

Von der Hand in den Mund

Von der Hand in den Mund

Author: Paul Auster Format: eBook Release Date: 02/01/2013

"e;Von der Hand in den Mund"e; ist ein amusantes Portrat des Kunstlers als hungernder Mann vor dem Hintergrund der bewegten sechziger und siebziger Jahre. Der schnode Mammon spielt darin die entscheidende Rolle - als Metapher fur den Tanz um das Goldene Kalb, als Fessel der Gesellschaft, als schlichtes Uberlebensmittel. Auster beschreibt seinen ebenso kompromilosen wie krummen Werdegang voller Selbstironie, aber auch mit der Sicherheit des gereiften Kunstlers, fur den der Weg seiner Identitatssuche stets das Ziel war. Und er komplettiert das Lesevergnugen, indem er im Anhang einen Teil seiner fruhen Werke erstmals zuganglich macht.

Die Kunst des Hungers

Die Kunst des Hungers

Author: Paul Auster Format: eBook Release Date: 01/11/2012

Gibt es einen inneren Zwang zur Literatur? Unterscheiden sich die groen Bucher von allen ubrigen dadurch, dass sie geschrieben werden mussten? In seinen Essays uber Franz Kafka, Samuel Beckett, Paul Celan, Knut Hamsun und andere groe Autoren des 20. Jahrhunderts ergrundete Paul Auster die existentiellen Bedingungen des Schreibens. In seinen Studien wird deutlich, warum er als der europaischste unter den wichtigen amerikanischen Schriftstellern gilt. In vier ausfhrlichen Interviews gibt er zudem Auskunft ber sein eigenes Werk und erzhlt von der Notwendigkeit, die Grenze zwischen Schreiben und Leben aufzuheben.

Auggie Wrens Weihnachtsgeschichte

Auggie Wrens Weihnachtsgeschichte

Author: Paul Auster Format: eBook Release Date: 01/11/2012

Eine weihnachtliche Miniatur des groen amerikanischen RomanciersAuggie Wren arbeitet als Verkufer in einem Zigarrengeschft an der Court Street in Brooklyn. Hier kauft Paul immer die kleinen hollndischen Zigarren, die er so gerne raucht. Jahrelang hat Paul keinen Gedanken an den seltsamen kleinen Mann im blauen Kapuzenshirt verschwendet. Bis Auggie ihn eines Tages fragt, ob er bereit sei, sich seine Fotografien anzusehen. Als Paul mehr ber Auggies groe Leidenschaft, das Fotografieren, erfahren will, erzhlt dieser ihm eine Geschichte: von einem Ladendiebstahl, einer verlorenen Geldbrse und dem kleinen Schwindel, den er einer alten, blinden Frau vorspielt. Eine echte Weihnachtsgeschichte eben

Mein New York

Mein New York

Author: Paul Auster Format: eBook Release Date: 21/09/2012

New York: rastlos, kreativ und unuberschaubar - vielbeschriebenes Sinnbild futuristischer Visionen und pulsierender Gegenwart. Paul Auster hat sich von der Metropole inspirieren lassen wie kaum ein anderer Kunstler zuvor. Eine Unter- und Nebenwelt voll merkwurdiger Figuren und Ereignisse, ein antipodisches Negativ des Glitzers von Times Square und Fifth Avenue. "e;Mein New York"e; ist ein literarisches Stadtmosaik, komponiert aus Austers Werken. Ein wunderschoner Band uber die Stadt der Stadte.

Disappearances - Vom Verschwinden

Disappearances - Vom Verschwinden

Author: Paul Auster Format: eBook Release Date: 21/09/2012

Lange bevor Paul Auster mit seinen Romanen international beruhmt wurde, veroffentlichte er einen Band mit Gedichten. Es sind dunkle, abgrundige Gedichte eines Einsamen, unentwegt auf der Suche nach den letzten Dingen. In ihrem Wechsel von spielerischer Intellektualitat und philosophischer Gedankentiefe wirken diese Gedichte "e;Vom Verschwinden"e; wie Keimzellen des Auster'schen Romanwerks. Erstmals liegen sie nun in dieser zweisprachigen Ausgabe auch in deutscher Ubersetzung vor. Eine echte Entdeckung!

The Invention of Solitude

The Invention of Solitude

Author: Paul Auster Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2012

'One day there is life . . . And then, suddenly, it happens there is death.' So begins Paul Auster's moving and personal meditation on fatherhood, The Invention of Solitude. The first section, 'Portrait of an Invisible Man', reveals Auster's memories and feelings after the death of his father. In 'The Book of Memory' the perspective shifts to Auster's role as a father. The narrator, 'A.', contemplates his separation from his son, his dying grandfather and the solitary nature of writing and story-telling. With all the keen literary intelligence familiar from The New York Trilogy or Sunset Park, Paul Auster crafts an intensely intimate work from a ground-breaking combination of introspection, meditation and biography.

Im Land der letzten Dinge

Im Land der letzten Dinge

Author: Paul Auster Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2012

"e;Mit seinen beiden Buchern New-York-Trilogie und Im Land der letzten Dinge hat Paul Auster der gegenwartigen amerikanischen Literatur eine andere Dimension eroffnet ... Austers Bucher wirken uberraschend zeitgema, weil sie auf eine Erfahrung des Lebens - jetzt in diesem Augenblick - aus sind und mit einer monomanischen Lust vordringen in einen sonst sorgsam gehuteten Bereich: in unsere eigene Verwirrtheit angesichts der Welt. In dem Roman Im Land der letzten Dinge sind alle Spuren einer vertrauten Wirklichkeit scheinbar getilgt. Allerdings spielt Paul Auster hier nur mit Science-fiction-Versatzstucken, denn in seinen Augen bedarf es nur einer kleinen Drehung an der Schraube unserer Zivilisation, um sie in die Apokalypse, in ein neues (altes) Barbarentum umkippen zu lassen."e; (Suddeutsche Zeitung)