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In this debut work by New York Times-bestselling author Paul Auster (The New York Trilogy), The Invention of Solitude, a memoir, established Austers reputation as a major new voice in American writing. His moving and personal meditation on fatherhood is split into two stylistically separate sections. In the first, Auster reflects on the memories of his father who was a distant, undemonstrative, and cold man who died an untimely death. As he sifts through his Fathers things, Auster uncovers a sixty-year-old murder mystery that sheds light on his fathers elusive character. In the second section, the perspective shifts and Auster begins to reflect on his own identity as a father by adopting the voice of a narrator, “A.” Through a mosaic of images, coincidences, and associations “A,” contemplates his separation from his son, his dying grandfather, turning the story into a self-conscious reflection on the process of writing.

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"One day there is life . . . and then, suddenly, it happens there is death". So begins THE INVENTION OF SOLITUDE, Paul Auster's moving and personal meditation on fatherhood. After the death of his own father, Auster discovers a 60-year-old family murder mystery that could account for the old man's elusive character. Later the book shifts from Auster's identity as son to his own role as father.

About the Author

Paul Austerandrsquo;s novels include Brooklyn Follies, Oracle Night, and In the Country of Last Things, as well as two memoirs, a collection of essays, a volume of poems, and the screenplays for several films. His work has been translated into over 30 languages.

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megcampbell3, November 5, 2007 (view all comments by megcampbell3)
It's entirely possible that teenage angst and adult uncertainty could be borne of never being able to fully unravel the puzzle of the parents we come from. Surviving the loss of a parent, no matter what the relationship was like, can alter life and create a sentimentalist where one did not previously exist. Paul Auster's story, a touchstone to those of us who have lost our fathers (cleaning out his house, going through his private things, making speeches at the funeral), is made ever more interesting when a family acquaintance reveals why Auster's father and uncles never had a straight story to tell about the death of their own father—a tale this intriguing could have had a home in Auster's fiction, and yet, since it's the true life of Paul Auster, we have his autobiography. "The Invention of Solitude" is a perfect short read: make sure you have enough time to finish it in one sitting, you won't want to put it down.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143112228
Author:
Auster, Paul
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Introduction by:
Bruckner, Pascal
Introduction:
Bruckner, Pascal
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fathers and sons
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Authors, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
Fathers and sons -- United States.
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20070131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w photos on pages 27 and 29
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7.76x5.18x.56 in. .33 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , "One day there is life . . . and then, suddenly, it happens there is death". So begins THE INVENTION OF SOLITUDE, Paul Auster's moving and personal meditation on fatherhood. After the death of his own father, Auster discovers a 60-year-old family murder mystery that could account for the old man's elusive character. Later the book shifts from Auster's identity as son to his own role as father.
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