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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

The Book of Illusions

The Book of Illusions

Author: Paul Auster Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2011

The Book of Illusions, written with breath-taking urgency and precision, plunges the reader into a universe in which the comic and the tragic, the real and the imagined, and the violent and the tender dissolve into one another. One man's obsession with the mysterious life of a silent film star takes him on a journey into a shadow-world of lies, illusions, and unexpected love. After losing his wife and young sons in a plane crash, Vermont professor David Zimmer spends his waking hours mired in grief. Then, watching television one night, he stumbles upon a lost film by silent comedian Hector Mann, and remembers how to laugh . . . Mann was a comic genius, in trademark white suit and fluttering black moustache. But one morning in 1929 he walked out of his house and was never heard from again. Zimmer's obsession with Mann drives him to publish a study of his work; whereupon he receives a letter postmarked New Mexico, supposedly written by Mann's wife, and inviting him to visit the great Mann himself. Can Hector Mann be alive? Zimmer cannot decide - until a strange woman appears on his doorstep and makes the decision for him, changing his life forever. 'A nearly flawless work . . . Auster will be remembered as one of the great writers of our time.' San Francisco Chronicle 'Auster's elegant, finely calibrated The Book of Illusions is a haunting feat of intellectual gamesmanship.' TheNew York Times

Oracle Night

Oracle Night

Author: Paul Auster Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2011

Oracle Night is a compulsively readable novel by 'one of the great writers of our time.' (San Francisco Chronicle). Several months into his recovery from a near-fatal illness, novelist Sidney Orr enters a stationery shop in Brooklyn and buys a blue notebook. It is September 18, 1982, and for the next nine days Orr will live under the spell of this blank book, trapped inside a world of eerie premonitions and bewildering events that threaten to destroy his marriage and undermine his faith in reality. If The New York Trilogy was Paul Auster's detective story, his mesmerizing eleventh novel reads like an old-fashioned ghost story. But there are no ghosts in this book - only flesh-and-blood human beings, wandering through the haunted realms of everyday life. Oracle Night is a narrative tour de force that confirms Auster's reputation as one of the boldest, most original writers at work in America today. 'His old-fashioned art of creating suspense . . . which rivals M. R. James or Conan Doyle. In fact, Oracle Night is best read as a post-modern ghost story.' The Guardian

The Brooklyn Follies

The Brooklyn Follies

Author: Paul Auster Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2011

'I was looking for a quiet place to die. Someone recommended Brooklyn, and so the next morning I travelled down there from Westchester to scope out the terrain . . .' So begins Paul Auster's remarkable new novel, The Brooklyn Follies. Set against the backdrop of the contested US election of 2000, it tells the story of Nathan and Tom, an uncle and nephew double-act. One in remission from lung cancer, divorced, and estranged from his only daughter, the other hiding away from his once-promising academic career, and, indeed, from life in general. Having accidentally ended up in the same Brooklyn neighbourhood, they discover a community teeming with life and passion. When Lucy, a little girl who refuses to speak, comes into their lives, there is suddenly a bridge from their pasts that offers them the possibility of redemption. Infused with character, mystery and humour, these lives intertwine and become bound together as Auster brilliantly explores the wider terrain of contemporary America - a crucible of broken dreams and of human folly. 'Auster at the top of his game. This superb novel about human folly turns out to be tremendously wise.' New Statesman

Sunset Park

Sunset Park

Author: Paul Auster Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2011

Paul Auster's Sunset Park is set in the sprawling flatlands of Florida, where twenty-eight-year-old Miles is photographing the last lingering traces of families who have abandoned their houses due to debt or foreclosure. Miles is haunted by guilt for having inadvertently caused the death of his step-brother, a situation that caused him to flee his father and step-mother in New York seven years ago. What keeps him in Florida is his relationship with a teenage high-school girl, Pilar, but when her family threatens to expose their relationship, Miles decides to protect Pilar by going back to Brooklyn, where he settles in a squat to prepare himself to face the inevitable confrontation with his father - a confrontation he has been avoiding for years. Set against the backdrop of the devastating global recession, and pulsing with the energy of Auster's previous novel Invisible, Sunset Park is as mythic as it is contemporary, as in love with baseball as it is with literature. It is above all, a story about love and forgiveness - not only among men and women, but also between fathers and sons.

The Book of Illusions

The Book of Illusions

Author: Paul Auster Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2011

The Book of Illusions, written with breath-taking urgency and precision, plunges the reader into a universe in which the comic and the tragic, the real and the imagined, and the violent and the tender dissolve into one another. One man's obsession with the mysterious life of a silent film star takes him on a journey into a shadow-world of lies, illusions, and unexpected love. After losing his wife and young sons in a plane crash, Vermont professor David Zimmer spends his waking hours mired in grief. Then, watching television one night, he stumbles upon a lost film by silent comedian Hector Mann, and remembers how to laugh . . . Mann was a comic genius, in trademark white suit and fluttering black moustache. But one morning in 1929 he walked out of his house and was never heard from again. Zimmer's obsession with Mann drives him to publish a study of his work; whereupon he receives a letter postmarked New Mexico, supposedly written by Mann's wife, and inviting him to visit the great Mann himself. Can Hector Mann be alive? Zimmer cannot decide - until a strange woman appears on his doorstep and makes the decision for him, changing his life forever. 'A nearly flawless work . . . Auster will be remembered as one of the great writers of our time.' San Francisco Chronicle 'Auster's elegant, finely calibrated The Book of Illusions is a haunting feat of intellectual gamesmanship.' The New York Times

The New York Trilogy

The New York Trilogy

Author: Paul Auster Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2011

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

Oracle Night

Oracle Night

Author: Paul Auster Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2011

Oracle Night is a compulsively readable novel by 'one of the great writers of our time.' (San Francisco Chronicle). Several months into his recovery from a near-fatal illness, novelist Sidney Orr enters a stationery shop in Brooklyn and buys a blue notebook. It is September 18, 1982, and for the next nine days Orr will live under the spell of this blank book, trapped inside a world of eerie premonitions and bewildering events that threaten to destroy his marriage and undermine his faith in reality. If The New York Trilogy was Paul Auster's detective story, his mesmerizing eleventh novel reads like an old-fashioned ghost story. But there are no ghosts in this book - only flesh-and-blood human beings, wandering through the haunted realms of everyday life. Oracle Night is a narrative tour de force that confirms Auster's reputation as one of the boldest, most original writers at work in America today. 'His old-fashioned art of creating suspense . . . which rivals M. R. James or Conan Doyle. In fact, Oracle Night is best read as a post-modern ghost story.' The Guardian

Leviathan

Leviathan

Author: Paul Auster Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2011

'Six days ago, a man blew himself up by the side of a road in northern Wisconsin . . .' The explosion that detonates the narrative of Paul Auster's remarkable novel also ends the life of its hero, Benjamin Sachs, and brings two FBI agents to the home of one of Sachs's oldest friends, the writer Peter Aaron. What follows is Aaron's story, an intricate, subtle and gripping investigation of another man's life in all its richness and complexity. Combining an investigation of freedom and terrorism with all the tension, mystery and allusive richness familiar from Auster's The New York Trilogy or Sunset Park, Leviathan is an unmissable addition to the canon of 'one of America's most spectacularly inventive writers.' (Times Literary Supplement) '[A] Brownian motion experiment of a plot - chock-a-block with identity-swaps, sideways sweeps and lateral leaps.' Observer

Das Buch der Illusionen

Das Buch der Illusionen

Author: Paul Auster Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2011

Die schillernde Welt des Paul Auster: ein Professor, eine Blondine und ein Moment des GlucklichseinsProfessor Zimmer, bekannt aus "e;Mond ber Manhattan"e;, ist ein gebrochener Mann, seit seine Frau und seine Kinder bei einem Flugzeugabsturz starben. Nur die Arbeit an einem Buch ber einen 1929 verschollenen Stummfilmkomiker namens Hector Mann erhlt ihn am Leben. Dann geschieht Seltsames: Manns verloren geglaubte Filme tauchen auf. Und eines Abends steht eine attraktive Blondine mit einem Revolver vor Zimmers Haustr. "e;Klger kann Kino im Kopf nicht sein, kurzweiliger auch nicht."e; (Brigitte)"e;Paul Auster ist vielleicht der bedeutendste amerikanische Schriftsteller der letzten Jahre, seine literarischen Qualitten suchen hierzulande ihresgleichen."e; (Deutschlandfunk)"e;Auster hat einen groartigen Roman geschrieben: Das Buch der Illusionen ist ein Kunststck."e; (Neue Zrcher Zeitung)"e;Seelenkrimi nach Auster-Art: packend, fesselnd, cool."e; (Freundin)

Sunset Park

Sunset Park

Author: Paul Auster Format: eBook Release Date: 09/11/2010

Luminous, passionate, expansive, an emotional tour de force Sunset Park follows the hopes and fears of a cast of unforgettable characters brought together by the mysterious Miles Heller during the dark months of the 2008 economic collapse.An enigmatic young man employed as a trash-out worker in southern Florida obsessively photographing thousands of abandoned objects left behind by the evicted families.A group of young people squatting in an apartment in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.The Hospital for Broken Things, which specializes in repairing the artifacts of a vanished world.William Wyler's 1946 classic The Best Years of Our Lives.A celebrated actress preparing to return to Broadway.An independent publisher desperately trying to save his business and his marriage.These are just some of the elements Auster magically weaves together in this immensely moving novel about contemporary America and its ghosts. Sunset Park is a surprising departure that confirms Paul Auster as one of our greatest living writers.

Unsichtbar

Unsichtbar

Author: Paul Auster Format: eBook Release Date: 16/07/2010

New York, 1967: Der gutaussehende, hochsensible Adam Walker will Dichter werden. Da bietet ihm auf einer Party ein reicher Franzose namens Rudolf Born das Geld zur Grundung einer Literaturzeitschrift an. Adam halt den Vorschlag zunachst fur eine Schnapsidee, aber als Born ihn ein paar Tage spater zum Essen einladt, bekommt er die glaubhafte Bestatigung in Gestalt eines Schecks. Allerdings zeigt sich bei diesem Essen auch ein sinistrer Born, ein Mann voll verhaltenem Jahzorn, der Adam betrunken empfangt und ihn zu dem Eingestandnis notigen will, er begehre seine Freundin. Das tut Adam in der Tat; und Margot sitzt ihm gegenuber und wirft ihm verschattete Blicke zu. Kurz darauf reist Born fur ein paar Tage nach Paris, Margot ruft Adam an, und eine Amour fou beginnt. Doch Born ist zu furchten, er geht, wie sich bald erweisen wird, uber Leichen. AUSTER hat noch kein intensiveres und drastischeres Buch ber die Liebe und das Schicksal geschrieben. In "e;Unsichtbar"e; ist er auf der Hhe seines Schaffens - erfindungsreich, abgrndig und direkt am Puls des Lebens.

Invisible

Invisible

Author: Paul Auster Format: eBook Release Date: 27/10/2009

"e;One of America's greatest novelists"e; dazzlingly reinvents the coming-of-age story in his most passionate and surprising book to dateSinuously constructed in four interlocking parts, Paul Auster's fifteenth novel opens in New York City in the spring of 1967, when twenty-year-old Adam Walker, an aspiring poet and student at Columbia University, meets the enigmatic Frenchman Rudolf Born and his silent and seductive girfriend, Margot. Before long, Walker finds himself caught in a perverse triangle that leads to a sudden, shocking act of violence that will alter the course of his life.Three different narrators tell the story of Invisible, a novel that travels in time from 1967 to 2007 and moves from Morningside Heights, to the Left Bank of Paris, to a remote island in the Caribbean. It is a book of youthful rage, unbridled sexual hunger, and a relentless quest for justice. With uncompromising insight, Auster takes us into the shadowy borderland between truth and memory, between authorship and identity, to produce a work of unforgettable power that confirms his reputation as "e;one of America's most spectacularly inventive writers."e;

Reisen im Skriptorium

Reisen im Skriptorium

Author: Paul Auster Format: eBook Release Date: 05/10/2009

In einem verschlossenen, abgedunkelten Zimmer sitzt ein alter Mann: vergesslich, gebrechlich, inkontinent. Er wei weder, wer er ist, noch wo er ist. Eine Kamera und Mikrophone beobachten ihn. Auf seinem Nachttisch stehen Fotos von Menschen, die ihm bekannt vorkommen. Je verzweifelter er sich zu besinnen versucht, desto tiefer gerat er in ein Labyrinth erdachter Welten, bis er sich schlielich in den Zeilen eines Manuskripts selbst begegnet. "e;Reisen im Skriptorium"e; ist ein raffiniertes Vexierspiel, finten- und voltenreich, brillant und kunstvoll. Paul Auster ldt ein auf eine Reise in die Phantasie. "e;Auster ist jemand, der sich nicht davon abbringen lsst, dem Dunkeln und Abgrndigen nachzuspren, das sich in Schnheit und Harmonie versteckt."e; (Die Welt)"e;Eine Geschichte [] von metaphysischer Kargheit, zu der ihn zweifellos sein Vorbild Samuel Beckett inspiriert hat."e; (Sddeutsche Zeitung)"e;Geschichten erfinden, verwerfen, zuspitzen, Geschichten erzhlen, das kann Paul Auster."e; (Neue Zrcher Zeitung)Weitere Verffentlichungen:Mein New YorkVon der Hand in den MundNacht des OrakelsMr. VertigoIm Land der letzten DingeDie Brooklyn-RevueDie Musik des ZufallsMond ber ManhattanDas Buch der IllusionenAuggie Wrens WeihnachtsgeschichteTimbuktuDas rote NotizbuchDie Erfindung der EinsamkeitDie New-York-TrilogieLeviathanMann im Dunkel

Mann im Dunkel

Mann im Dunkel

Author: Paul Auster Format: eBook Release Date: 05/10/2009

Der zweiundsiebzigjahrige August Brill, ehemals Literaturkritiker und Lebemann, liegt morgens um drei in einem dunklen Zimmer - ein Schlafloser, von Erinnerungen getrieben und von seinen Phantasien. Er glaubt sich allein mit seinen Nachtgedanken, doch auch seine Tochter und seine Enkelin liegen wach, jede fur sich, beide mit gebrochenem Herzen. Schwebend zwischen Traum und Wachzustand, spinnt der alte Mann sich eine Geschichte zusammen: Ein junger Mann erwacht in einem tiefen Erdloch. Wie er hineingekommen ist, wei er nicht - auch nicht, wie er je wieder herausgelangen soll, aus dem Loch und aus jener merkwrdigen Uniform, die er am Leib trgt. Bei Tagesanbruch findet er sich auf einer einsamen Landstrae wieder, mit einer geladenen Pistole im Gepck und dem Auftrag, im Namen der Sezession jenen zweiundsiebzigjhrigen Witwer zu erschieen, dessen Kopf diese wundersam verkehrte Welt entspringt: ein Amerika im Krieg gegen sich selbst, ein Land, in dem der 11. September ein Tag ist wie jeder andere ...

Man in the Dark

Man in the Dark

Author: Paul Auster Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2009

'I am alone in the dark, turning the world around in my head as I struggle through another bout of insomnia, another white night in the great American wilderness.' Seventy-two-year-old August Brill is recovering from a car accident in his daughter's house in Vermont. When sleep refuses to come, he lies in bed and tells himself stories, struggling to push back thoughts about things he would rather forget - his wife's recent death and the horrific murder, in Iraq, of his granddaughter's boyfriend, Titus. Brill, a retired book critic, imagines a parallel world in which America is not at war with Iraq but with itself. In this other America the Twin Towers did not fall on 9/11, and the 2000 election results led to secession, as state after state pulled away from the union and a bloody civil war ensued. As the night progresses, Brill's story grows increasingly intense, and what he is so desperately trying to avoid insists on being told. Joined in the early hours by his granddaughter, he gradually opens up to her and recounts another hidden story, this time of his own marriage. After she falls asleep, he at last finds the courage to revisit the trauma of Titus's death. Passionate and shocking, political and personal: Man in the Dark is a novel that reflects the consequences of 9/11, that forces us to confront the blackness of night even as it celebrates the existence of ordinary joys in a world capable of the most grotesque violence.