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Paul Auster has earned international praise for the imaginative power of his many novels, including The New York Trilogy, Moon Palace, The Music of Chance, Mr. Vertigo, and Timbuktu. He has also published a number of highly original non-fiction works: The Invention of Solitude, Hand to Mouth, and The Art of Hunger. In The Red Notebook, Auster again explores events from the real world large and small, tragic and comic—that reveal the unpredictable, shifting nature of human experience. A burnt onion pie, a wrong number, a young boy struck by lightning, a man falling off a roof, a scrap of paper discovered in a Paris hotel room—all these form the context for a singular kind of ars poetica, a literary manifesto without theory, cast in the irreducible forms of pure story telling.

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The Red Notebook brings together in one volume all of Paul Auster's short, true-life stories—a remarkable collection of tales that documents the curious, miraculous, and sometimes catastrophic turns of everyday reality.

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The Red Notebook brings together in one volume all of Paul Auster's short, true-life stories a remarkable collection of tales that documents the curious, miraculous, and sometimes catastrophic turns of everyday reality. In The Red Notebook, Auster again explores events from the real world large and small, tragic and comic that reveal the unpredictable, shifting nature of human experience. A burnt onion pie, a wrong number, a young boy struck by lightning, a man falling off a roof, a scrap of paper discovered in a Paris hotel room all these form the context for a singular kind of ars poetica, a literary manifesto without theory, cast in the irreducible forms of pure story telling.

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Paul Auster has earned international praise for the imaginative power of his many novels, including The New York Trilogy, Moon Palace, The Music of Chance, Mr. Vertigo, and Timbuktu. He has also published a number of highly original non-fiction works: The Invention of Solitude, Hand to Mouth, and The Art of Hunger.

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megcampbell3, October 27, 2007 (view all comments by megcampbell3)
This slim volume of true stories is a must-read for any Paul Auster admirers. Auster's fiction is often labeled with the word "illusion"; reading some instances from this book, straight from the writer's life, make his stories seem more reality-based than anything else. Magical? Certainly. Illusion? Only if its truest meaning includes every crazy thing that circumstance and coincidence can throw your way. And hey, if you don't even know who Paul Auster is, "The Red Notebook" is a great gateway book. Sheer head-scratching pleasure.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780811214988
Author:
Auster, Paul
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Series:
New Directions Paperback
Series Volume:
107-342
Publication Date:
20020631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
104
Dimensions:
7 x 4.8 x 0.3 in 0.21 lb

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"Synopsis" by , The Red Notebook brings together in one volume all of Paul Auster's short, true-life stories—a remarkable collection of tales that documents the curious, miraculous, and sometimes catastrophic turns of everyday reality.
"Synopsis" by , The Red Notebook brings together in one volume all of Paul Auster's short, true-life stories a remarkable collection of tales that documents the curious, miraculous, and sometimes catastrophic turns of everyday reality. In The Red Notebook, Auster again explores events from the real world large and small, tragic and comic that reveal the unpredictable, shifting nature of human experience. A burnt onion pie, a wrong number, a young boy struck by lightning, a man falling off a roof, a scrap of paper discovered in a Paris hotel room all these form the context for a singular kind of ars poetica, a literary manifesto without theory, cast in the irreducible forms of pure story telling.
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