Collected Prose

Collected Prose

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The celebrated author of The New York Trilogy, The Book of Illusions and Invisible presents here a highly personal collection of essays, prefaces and occasional pieces written for magazines and newspapers. Ranging in subject from Walter Raleigh to Kafka; Hawthorne to the high-wire artist Philippe Petit; conceptual artist Sophie Calle to Auster's own Olympia typewriter; the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers to his beloved New York City itself, Auster displays all his customary flair, wit and insight.

Including several of his major works - important books in their own right, such as Hand to Mouth and The Invention of Solitude - this collection demonstrates and reaffirms the pre-eminent position Paul Auster holds in contemporary literature and criticism.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 528 pages
  • 152 x 234 x 46mm | 1,020.59g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 0571218474
  • 9780571218479
  • 949,537

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One of America's leading novelists ... The literary essays and prefaces in this collection are elegant and accessible ... Much of what is offered here displays his warmth, democratic instincts, and human concerns. -- Hilary Mantel Daily Telegraph Auster's Collected Prose provides a fascinating long-exposure snapshot of a writer's private and abiding obsessions and touchstones as he oscillates between the worlds of his life and art.' The Times [Auster's] informed enthusiams, especially for European modernism and aspects of the avant-garde, make him a passionate, intelligent and stimulating commentator. He writes acutely about the dilemmas which inform serious artistic decisions. These hospitable, generous pieces make one want to go immediately to the writers he discusses. -- Robert Potts The Observer 20031115 A remarkable writer whose work needs to be read in totality. Sunday Herald
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About Paul Auster

Paul Auster is the best-selling author of Invisible, Moon Palace, Mr Vertigo, The Brooklyn Follies, The Book of Illusions and The New York Trilogy, among many other works. In 2006 he was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature and inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Among his other honours are the Independent Spirit Award for the screenplay of Smoke and the Prix Medicis Etranger for Leviathan. He has also been short-listed for both the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (The Book of Illusions) and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction (The Music of Chance). His work has been translated into more than thirty languages.

He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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