Auggie Wren's Christmas StoryHardback
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- Publisher: FABER & FABER
- Format: Hardback | 48 pages
- Dimensions: 132mm x 182mm x 4mm | 181g
- Publication date: 1 October 2009
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0571249779
- ISBN 13: 9780571249770
- Sales rank: 74,500
This charming Christmas story begins with a dilemma: a writer has been asked by The New York Times to write a story that will appear in the paper on Christmas morning. The man agrees, but he has a problem: how do you write an unsentimental Christmas story[unk] He unburdens himself to his friend at his local cigar shop (which Paul Auster fans might recognise from his film Smoke), a colourful character called Auggie Wren. 'A Christmas story? Is that all?' Auggie counters. 'If you buy me lunch, my friend, I'll tell you the best Christmas story you've ever heard. And I guarantee every word of it is true.' What follows is utterly beguiling - a story involving a blind woman, a lost wallet, and a Christmas dinner - in which everything is turned upside down and the lines between truth and story telling become brilliantly blurred. This lovely hardback Christmas gift book edition is beautifully illustrated by Astrid Lindgren Award-winner Isol (Marisol Misenta).
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Paul Auster was born in Newark, New Jersey in the United States in 1947. After attending Columbia University, he lived in France for four years. Since 1974 he has published poems, essays, novels, screenplays and translations. He was the editor of the short story anthology, True Tales of American Life. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Isol (Marisol Misenta) was born in Buenos Aires in 1972. Her work, as an illustrator for media and as an author of illustrated children's books, has been published in Mexico, Spain, the United States, France, the United Kingdom and Argentina. She has been awarded numerous international prizes, and she was a recipient of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2013.
"Thoroughly enjoyable...Auster's subtly crafted portrayal of the mechanics of reality is eminently realistic in its complexity and flaws."