The Invention of Solitude

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So begins The Invention of Solitude, Paul Auster's moving and personal meditation on fatherhood. The first section, "Portrait of an Invisible Man," reveals Auster's memories and feelings after the death of his father, a distant, undemonstrative, almost cold man. As he attends to his father's business affairs and sifts through his effects, Auster uncovers a sixty-year-old family murder mystery that sheds light on his father's elusive character. In "The Book of Memory," the perspective shifts from Auster's identity...
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Overview

So begins The Invention of Solitude, Paul Auster's moving and personal meditation on fatherhood. The first section, "Portrait of an Invisible Man," reveals Auster's memories and feelings after the death of his father, a distant, undemonstrative, almost cold man. As he attends to his father's business affairs and sifts through his effects, Auster uncovers a sixty-year-old family murder mystery that sheds light on his father's elusive character. In "The Book of Memory," the perspective shifts from Auster's identity as son to his role as father. Through a mosaic of images, coincidences, and associations, the narrator, "A," contemplates his separation from his son, his dying grandfather, and the solitary nature of storytelling and writing.
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Editorial Reviews

New York Newsday
...Integrates heart and intellect, sensation and speculation.
W. S. Merwin
The clearest and most telling passages...seem to have emerged more or less as they are out of the guiding impulse....Mr. Auster...turns from his subject to an examination of the attempt to write about it, self-consciously tracing a self-consciousness that occasionally affects the style and form of his account without benefiting them....The mode....is often obtrusive in this book, but it suggests that much of the story has yet to be told.
The New York Times
W S. Merwin
The clearest and most telling passages...seem to have emerged more or less as they are out of the guiding impulse....Mr. Auster...turns from his subject to an examination of the attempt to write about it, self-consciously tracing a self-consciousness that occasionally affects the style and form of his account without benefiting them....The mode....is often obtrusive in this book, but it suggests that much of the story has yet to be told.
The New York Times
New York Newsday
...Integrates heart and intellect, sensation and speculation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380698455
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/1985
  • Pages: 192

Meet the Author

Paul Auster

Paul Auster is the bestselling author of The New York Trilogy and many other critically acclaimed novels. He was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize in 2006. His work has been translated into more than forty languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Paul Benjamin
    2. Hometown:
      Brooklyn, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 3, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Newark, New Jersey
    1. Education:
      B.A., M.A., Columbia University, 1970

Table of Contents

Portrait of an Invisible Man 1
The Book of Memory 71
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  • Posted March 5, 2013

    Wrong book sent

    They sent the wrong book. Just found out, having just moved and unpacked the package - have to contact them to rectify the situation.

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  • Posted May 18, 2009

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    Beautiful and Touching

    I like Auster's early novels, but this slice of memoir just moved me so much, as a daughter who lost her father when she was young, the mystery of absence that he speaks about and how you try to compensate in your own kid's lives is amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2003

    just loved it

    i was completely surprised to read and find myself over and over again in this book. it s almost as if i had written it myself! i think it is a wonderful material to reflect upon our lives and closest family and how we relate to them. and also about never having met your own father. i just felt completely identified!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2003

    Beautifully Written

    This is such a touching recollection of our roles in life. Being a daughter, myself, I connected with Auster the son and further more about myself as a person through theraputic writting inspired by this novel. Easy to read, hard to understand, what a lovely combination. Need a break of relfection? Read this book and be blown away!

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    Posted September 30, 2009

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