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Paul Auster

Author of The New York Trilogy

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About the Author

Paul Auster was born on February 3, 1947, in Newark, New Jersey. He received a B.A. and a M.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. In addition to his career as a writer, Auster has been a census taker, tutor, merchant seaman, little-league baseball coach, and a telephone show more operator. He started his writing career as a translator. He soon gained popularity for the detective novels that make up his New York Trilogy. His other works include The Invention of Solitude; Leviathan; Moon Palace; Facing the Music; In the Country of Last Things; The Music of Chance; Mr. Vertigo; and The Brooklyn Follies. His latest novels are entitled, Invisible and Sunset Park. In addition to his novels, Auster has written screenplays and directed several films. He is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a French Prix Medicis for Foreign Literature. (Bowker Author Biography) show less


Works by Paul Auster

The New York Trilogy (1985) 9,811 copies
The Book of Illusions (2002) 4,224 copies
The Brooklyn Follies (2005) 4,054 copies
Moon Palace (1989) 3,376 copies
Oracle Night (2003) 3,157 copies
Leviathan (1992) 2,783 copies
Timbuktu (1999) 2,515 copies
The Music of Chance (1990) 2,195 copies
Mr. Vertigo (1994) 2,179 copies
Invisible (2009) 2,175 copies
Travels in the Scriptorium (2006) 2,044 copies
Man in the Dark (2008) 1,897 copies
In the Country of Last Things (1987) 1,836 copies
4 3 2 1 (2017) 1,828 copies
The Invention of Solitude (1982) 1,700 copies
City of Glass (1985) 1,450 copies
Sunset Park (2010) 1,441 copies
True Tales of American Life (2001) 1,319 copies
City of Glass: The Graphic Novel (1994) — Original Author — 1,221 copies
Winter Journal (2012) 877 copies
Ghosts (1986) 491 copies
The Locked Room (1987) 426 copies
Report from the Interior (2013) 326 copies
The Random House Book of 20th Century French Poetry (1982) — Editor — 196 copies
Baumgartner (2023) 187 copies
Smoke and Blue in the Face (1995) 187 copies
Collected Poems (2004) 158 copies
Lulu on the Bridge (1998) 144 copies
The Story of My Typewriter (2002) 107 copies
Squeeze Play (1997) 89 copies
Bloodbath Nation (2023) 87 copies
Disappearances (1988) 78 copies
Why Write? (1996) 50 copies
Paul Auster's New York (1997) 50 copies
Merry Murder (1994) 40 copies
Smoke [1995 film] (1995) — Screenwriter — 39 copies
Translations (1997) 32 copies
Collected Novels Volume 1 (2004) 26 copies
Collected Novels Volume 2 (2005) 21 copies
White Spaces (1980) 16 copies
Blue in the Face [1995 film] (2003) — Director/Screenwriter — 13 copies
Ensayos completos (1984) 12 copies
Szenen aus "Smoke" (1996) 9 copies
Facing the Music (1980) 9 copies
Collected Novels Volume 3 (2008) 9 copies
Purgatory (2005) 7 copies
Juego del otro, El (2010) 5 copies
Le trame della scrittura (2005) 5 copies
Collected Screenplays (2010) 4 copies
Poesia Y Prosa 4 copies
Wall Writing (1976) 4 copies
Unearth (1974) 3 copies
Fragments from Cold (1977) 3 copies
It Don't Mean a Thing (2019) 3 copies
Glerborgin 1 copy
Itt és most 1 copy
Zimski dnevnik (2013) 1 copy
Sansit Bark : riwayah (2018) 1 copy
Worms 1 copy

Associated Works

Hunger (1890) — Introduction, some editions — 4,509 copies
The Time in Between (2009) — some editions — 1,902 copies
The Future Dictionary of America (2004) — Contributor — 627 copies
Strange Stories for Strange Kids (2001) — Contributor — 220 copies
Granta 87: Jubilee! The 25th Anniversary Issue (2004) — Contributor — 201 copies
Granta 117: Horror (2011) — Contributor — 174 copies
Chronicle of the Guayaki Indians (1972) — Translator, some editions — 165 copies
This Is My Best: Great Writers Share Their Favorite Work (2004) — Contributor — 160 copies
Granta 46: Crime (1994) — Contributor — 151 copies
Granta 58: Ambition (1997) — Contributor — 144 copies
Granta 71: Shrinks (2000) — Contributor — 136 copies
Granta 63: Beasts (1998) — Contributor — 132 copies
Granta 44: The Last Place on Earth (1993) — Contributor — 125 copies
Twenty Days with Julian and Little Bunny by Papa (2003) — Introduction, some editions — 122 copies
The Collected Writings of Joe Brainard (2012) — Introduction — 117 copies
Granta 125: After the War (2013) — Contributor — 82 copies
The Ecco Book of Christmas Stories (2005) — Contributor — 73 copies
After Yesterday's Crash: The Avant-Pop Anthology (1995) — Contributor — 66 copies
The Grim Reader: Writings on Death, Dying, and Living On (1997) — Contributor — 60 copies
Yours in Food, John Baldessari (2004) — Contributor — 40 copies
The Vintage Book of Classic Crime (1993) — Contributor — 33 copies
Antaeus No. 75/76, Autumn 1994 - The Final Issue (1994) — Contributor — 32 copies
La solitude du labyrinthe (1997) — some editions — 17 copies
The Paris Review 167 2003 Fall (2003) — Interview — 14 copies
Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan, Volume 03 (2013) — Contributor — 11 copies
Homenaje a Paul Auster (2007) — Contributor — 10 copies
Het derde Testament : Joodse verhalen (1995) — Contributor, some editions — 7 copies
Den kriminelle novelle (1999) — Author, some editions — 5 copies
Poetry Magazine Vol. 201 No. 5, February 2013 (2012) — Contributor — 4 copies
Arabs & Israelis : a dialogue (1975) — Translator, some editions — 3 copies
L'oeuvre de Paul Auster (1995) 2 copies
The Paris Review 96 1985 Summer (1985) — Contributor — 2 copies
Stooge Thirteen, Spring 1975 — Contributor — 1 copy


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Common Knowledge



Found: main character henry in Name that Book (April 4)
June 2013: Paul Auster in Monthly Author Reads (July 2019)
Group Read, September 2016: The Music of Chance in 1001 Books to read before you die (September 2016)


Reason read: This is part of the 1001 books to read before you die. It also was the April word event.
I generally don’t mind Paul Auster’s writing. This was okay but not wonderful. A story that involves themes of isolation, writers as characters,

The main character goes into depression and isolation, then becomes obsessed by a “fictional” actor from the silent movies.
Kristelh | 78 other reviews | Apr 18, 2024 |
Paul Auster
Publicado: 1999 | 129 páginas
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Míster Bones es un perro de raza indefinida, pero de una inteligencia muy precisa. No habla inglés —quizá porque se lo impide la forma de sus fauces—, pero tantos años escuchando el incesante torrente verbal de su amo han hecho que lo comprenda a la perfección, y que pueda pensar e interpretar el mundo con una sensibilidad muy canina y una sintaxis muy humana. Porque Míster Bones tiene siete años y ha vivido desde que era un cachorro con William Gurevitch, más conocido como Willy Christmas desde que Santa Claus le habló desde el televisor, provocando en él una auténtica experiencia mística. Willy es un vagabundo, un poeta errante, un excéntrico superviviente de las revoluciones de los sesenta. En un principio, se asoció con Míster Bones en busca de protección, porque la vida en las calles es muy dura, pero lo que podría haber sido una mera alianza de conveniencia se convirtió en algo mucho más intenso, un mutuo descubrimiento (Willy hasta llegó a crear una sinfonía de olores, una obra de arte canino para deleitar a Míster Bones), un amor sin condiciones. Juntos han recorrido América, han sobrevivido a duros inviernos en Brooklyn y han vuelto a salir a la carretera con la llegada del buen tiempo. Y ahora están en Baltimore, viviendo la que quizá sea su última aventura en común: desde hace días Willy presiente que está llegando al final del camino, y antes de dirigirse a ese otro mundo que él y Míster Bones llaman Tombuctú quiere encontrar a Bea Swanson, la profesora del instituto que le abrió las altas puertas de la poesía, para confiarle lo único que le importa en la vida, sus setenta y cuatro cuadernos de poemas y el leal, inteligente, notable Míster Bones...… (more)
libreriarofer | 66 other reviews | Apr 9, 2024 |
Baumgartner, the latest book by Paul Auster is difficult to read as it is so turned inwards. The work of Auster seems to have developed from a expressionism and surrealistic boundless optimism to introspection, increasingly delving for identity. While previously the search for identity remained general, looking for a connection with Jewishness, often, like other Jewish writers by looking at Prague, Auster delves deeper in Baumgartner by describing a journey, looking for answers that are not found, in Ukraine, in a village where many people are named "Auster". This story seems to be the mirroring point where reality is mirrored into fiction, and fiction in some way is the counterpart of reality.

Baumgartner also seems to be a very mature novel, in the sense that the author feels there is no need to clarify or be clear. The story is as it stands and it is up to the reader to delve in for meaning and significance. Baumgartner is clearly a novel that needs to be read twice, partially if not whole. Like the writer, the reader needs to decide how deep they are willing to delve. The novel suggests depth that may turn out to be a lead to deeper understanding or a decoy, such as the title of the book Baumgartner is writing, nl "The Mystery of the Wheel".

While on the one hand, Baumgartner seems to be a book about aging, and how aging affects the mind, it is also about how the mind works, the mind of a writer.
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edwinbcn | 14 other reviews | Feb 25, 2024 |
I fell for this book right away. I almost always like books by this author, and in this book I felt such an affinity with the main character right from the opening pages. Baumgartner is a 70-something philosophy professor, and while working in his study one morning he finds he needs a book which is downstairs. As he heads downstairs, he remembers he had promised to call his sister. He goes into the kitchen where the phone is and smells something burning--he had left the burner on under the pot in which he had earlier cooked his poached eggs. He turns off the burner and grabs the pot, thus burning his hand. He drops the pot on the floor and rushes to put his hand under cold water to prevent blistering. He is trying to remember what he came into the kitchen for when the phone rings. It is the meter man to tell him that he is on the way. He hangs up and remembers he is supposed to call his sister, when the doorbell rings. It's the UPS person--he has taken to ordering books he does want because he likes to chat with the UPS person. After their chat, he heads to the kitchen again to call his sister, but before he can pick the up the phone, it rings--a problem with the cleaning lady. He ends the call when the doorbell rings again. The meter man has arrived. As he is showing the meter reader down into the basement, he falls down the stairs and is briefly stunned--did you ever have a day like this??

Anyway, Baumgartner is still deeply mourning the death of his beloved wife Anna ten years before in a freak accident at the beach. "Ten years later Baumgartner marvels at how little has changed for him since those early months of near insanity." In the novel we backtrack from the present as Baumgartner thinks back on his past, "the lost world of then." We learn of his early life and of his life with Anna, including through some of Anna's biographical writings that Baumgartner has retained and reads over.

Arriving back at the present, Baumgartner contemplates moving on--what will that consist of, what does he want to do with the rest of his life? "Time is of the essence now, and he has no idea how much of it he has left. Not just how many years before he kicks the bucket but, more to the point, how many years of active productive life before his mind or his body or both begin to fail him and he is turned into a pain-racked, imbecilic, incompetent, unable to read or think or write, to remember what someone just said to him four seconds ago...."

I loved this book, which I think may be partly autobiographical, especially in its depiction of aging and the thoughts about the effects of aging. Highly recommended.

4 stars
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arubabookwoman | 14 other reviews | Jan 30, 2024 |


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