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

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In a section of interviews as well as in "The Red Notebook," Auster reflects on his own work—on the need to break down the boundary between living and writing, and on the use of certain genre conventions to penetrate matters of memory and identity. "The Art of Hunger" undermines and illuminates our accepted notions about literature and throws an unprecedented light on Auster's own richly allusive writings.

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Overview

In a section of interviews as well as in "The Red Notebook," Auster reflects on his own work—on the need to break down the boundary between living and writing, and on the use of certain genre conventions to penetrate matters of memory and identity. "The Art of Hunger" undermines and illuminates our accepted notions about literature and throws an unprecedented light on Auster's own richly allusive writings.

Now including The Red Notebook--a collection of autobiographical sketches on coincidence--The Art Of Hunger undermines our accepted notions about literature. Auster's meditations on writing and artists leads us to a better understanding of the toll of writing.

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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.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140267501
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/12/1997
  • Edition description: Expanded
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 7.74 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

I Essays
The Art of Hunger 9
Itinerary 21
Pages for Kafka 23
New York Babel 26
The Decisive Moment 35
Dada Bones 54
Truth, Beauty, Silence 62
The Death of Sir Walter Raleigh 75
From Cakes to Stones 83
The Poetry of Exile 90
Ideas and Things 103
Book of the Dead 107
Private I, Public Eye 115
Innocence and Memory 120
Resurrection 129
Kafka's Letters 134
Native Son 140
Providence 144
The Bartlebooth Follies 170
A Prayer for Salman Rushdie 176
II Prefaces
Jacques Dupin 181
Andre du Bouchet 185
Black on White 189
Northern Lights 192
Twentieth-Century French Poetry 199
Mallarme's Son 238
On the High Wire 249
Chronicle of the Guayaki Indians 261
III Interviews
Translation 271
Interview with Joseph Mallia 274
Interview with Larry McCaffery and Sinda Gregory 287
Interview with Mark Irwin 327
IV The Red Notebook 341
V Why Write? 381
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