The Art of Hunger: Essays, Prefaces, Interviews, The Red Notebook (Expanded Edition)

The Art of Hunger: Essays, Prefaces, Interviews, The Red Notebook (Expanded Edition)

by Paul Auster, Paul Auster
     
 

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In this astonishingly acrobatic work, Paul Auster traces the compulsion to make literature--or art--through essays on Franz Kafka, Samuel Beckett, Paul Celan, Laura Riding, Knut Hamsun, John Ashbury, and other seminal figures of our century.

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In this astonishingly acrobatic work, Paul Auster traces the compulsion to make literature--or art--through essays on Franz Kafka, Samuel Beckett, Paul Celan, Laura Riding, Knut Hamsun, John Ashbury, and other seminal figures of our century.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``Writing is no longer an act of free will for me, it's a matter of survival,'' declares Auster in this collection, which serves as a kind of literary autobiography. Best known for his novels ( Leviathan ), Auster describes in interviews how he began his literary career as a translator of poetry who eventually progressed to prose. The essays and prefaces are about ``writers I felt a need to respond to''--including the well-known (Kafka), the less-known (Norwegian novelist Knut Hamsun and French poet Paul Celan) and the obscure (American poets Charles Reznikoff and Laura Riding). Auster's interest in the French language emerges in his substantial essay on 20th-century French poetry and in his exploration of the work of Louis Wolfson, an American schizophrenic who wrote in French because he found English ``intolerably painful.'' The literary subjects discussed here may be out of the mainstream, but Auster is an erudite and engaged guide. (Dec.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140267501
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
09/12/1997
Edition description:
Expanded
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.14(w) x 7.74(h) x 0.73(d)

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