The Story of My Typewriterby Paul Auster, Sam Messer (Illustrator)
This is the story of Paul Auster's typewriter. The typewriter is a manual Olympia, more than 25 years old, and has been the agent of transmission for the novels, stories, collaborations, and other writings Auster has produced since the 1970s, a body of work that stands as one of the most varied, creative, and critcally acclaimed in recent American letters. It is also the story of a relationship. A relationship between Auster, his typewriter, and the artist Sam Messer, who, as Auster writes, "has turned an inanimate object into a being with a personality and a presence in the world." This is also a collaboration: Auster's story of his typewriter, and of Messer's welcome, though somewhat unsettling, intervention into that story, illustrated with Messer's muscular, obsessive drawings and paintings of both author and machine. This is, finally, a beautiful object; one that will be irresistible to lovers of Auster's writing, Messer's painting, and fine books in general.
- D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers
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- Product dimensions:
- 7.08(w) x 9.14(h) x 0.58(d)
Meet the Author
Paul Auster is the bestselling author of The New York Trilogy (City of Glass, Ghosts, The Locked Room), and many other critically acclaimed novels, including The Brooklyn Follies, Sunset Park, and Leviathan. He has also written two memoirs, a collection of essays, a volume of poems, and several screenplays. In 2006 he was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize. His work has been translated into more than forty languages.
- Brooklyn, New York
- Date of Birth:
- February 3, 1947
- Place of Birth:
- Newark, New Jersey
- B.A., M.A., Columbia University, 1970
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Paul's story: It all began in 1974 when he came back in the United States. He tells how he got the typewriter, why - later on - he didn't buy an electric typewriter nor a computer like everybody else nowadays. Finally we learn how Sam Messer met the typewriter and how a relationship grew between these two. Sam's story: The illustrations of Sam Messer are the most attractive part of this book. They are not really illustrations but tell a second story of their own.The story of an old and hard working typewriter, battered by the fingers of Paul Auster. A typewriter that suffers pain, hardship and gets angry once in a while. To be honest: this book is a book of art and almost all the credits go to Sam Messer. A must !