Paul Auster's unique novels are often like Chinese boxes, continually opening further to reveal new layers. He approaches his writing as he has approached his life, to an extent: as something of a nomad in a perpetually changing, mysterious landscape.
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Also Known As:
Brooklyn, New York
Date of Birth:
February 3, 1947
Place of Birth:
Newark, New Jersey
B.A., M.A., Columbia University, 1970
Independent Spirit Award for Smoke, 1996
|Telling Other People's Stories|
|In 1999, Auster was invited by NPR's Weekend All Things Considered to be a regular storyteller on the show; he agreed, but also asked listeners for stories he could feature as well. The resulting National Story Project became a popular feature on the station until 2001 and became an editing project for Auster. He compiled the project's best "true tales" for the collection I Thought My Father Was God.|
|The New York Trilogy||Auster's Memoirs|
|The New York Trilogy: City of Glass/Ghosts/The Locked Room|
This postmodernist detective series of novels is Auster's seminal work, combining the traditional noir style with shadowy, existentialist plotlines such as that of Ghosts, in which a detective finds that the man he is assigned to watch is also a detective, watching someone else...
|Hand to Mouth: A Chronicle of Early Failure|
Auster's first book, written in the wake of his father's death, describes his attempts to piece together his father's past. The later Hand to Mouth details the hardscrabble years before The Invention of Solitude and includes samples of early work, including three short plays and a card game the author invented. For more nonfiction literary ruminations from Auster, consider the collection The Art of Hunger.