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by Paul Auster

eBook Collected Prose: Autobiographical Writings, True Stories, Critical Essays, Prefaces, and Collaborations with Artists epub
  • ISBN: 031242468X
  • Author: Paul Auster
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: United States
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Picador; First Edition edition (March 1, 2005)
  • Pages: 528 pages
  • ePUB size: 1511 kb
  • FB2 size 1979 kb
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The rest of the book is Critical Essays, Prefaces and Occasions.

The True Stories are interesting as his interest in coincidence is put front and center. The rest of the book is Critical Essays, Prefaces and Occasions. I enjoyed the critical essays, but found that I was really only able to get something out of the ones where I knew the writer or work in question.

In it, she told me the story of a friend of hers, a man she has known since childhood. In 1940, this man joined the Belgian army. When the country fell to the Germans later that year, he was captured. and put in a prisoner-of-war camp. He remained there until the war ended in 1945. Prisoners were allowed to correspond with Red Cross workers back in Belgium. The man was arbitrarily assigned a pen pal-a Red Cross nurse from Brussels-and for the next five years he and this woman exchanged letters every month. Over the course of time they became fast friends.

Illusions presents a highly personal collection of essays, prefaces, true stories, autobiographical writings (including the seminal work The Invention of Solitude), and collaborations with artists, as well as occasional pieces written for magazines and newspapers. Ranging in subject from Sir Walter Raleigh to Kafka, Nathaniel Hawthorne to the high-wire artist Philippe Petit, conceptual artist Sophie Calle to Austers own typewriter, the World Trade Center catastrophe to his beloved New York City itself, Collected Prose records the passions and insights of a writer who will be remembered as one.

The celebrated author of The New York Trilogy, The Book of Illusions, and Oracle Night presents here a highly personal collection of essays, prefaces, true stories, autobiographical writings, and collaborations with artists.

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An essential collection from one of the finest thinkers and stylists in contemporary letters.The celebrated author of The New York Trilogy, The Book of Illusions, and Oracle Night presents here a highly personal collection of essays, prefaces, true stories, autobiographical writings, and collaborations with artists, as well as occasional pieces written for magazines and newspapers, including The Invention of Solitude his "breathtaking memoir." (Financial Times Magazine London)Ranging in subject from Sir Walter Raleigh to Kafka, Nathaniel Hawthorne to the high-wire artist Philippe Petit, conceptual artist Sophie Calle to Auster's own typewriter, the World Trade Center catastrophe to his beloved New York City itself, Collected Prose records the passions and insights of a writer who "will be remembered as one of the great writers of our time" (San Francisco Chronicle).
Comments: (6)
Gogal
Wonderful book, it's traveling through the innerself so clear and complexly simple!!
don't want to finish it, i like Auster truly much...
IGOT
The problem with too many writers is that they write about life without having lived very much. Sure they've read a lot, and they have tussled with their intimates, but sometimes the life of an intellectual doesn't seem like much of a life at all. And such is the case here. Much ado about not very much that hasn't been also written about elsewhere in more interesting ways.
Stoneshaper
Interesting
Drelalen
Auster is a writer of whose work I have read a fair amount. Over the years I've picked up one after another of his books, mostly his novels and I always really like them. I think that Moon Palace (Contemporary American Fiction) and The Brooklyn Follies have been my favorites to date. (I realize that this automatically disqualifies me as a serious fan, since his serious fans don't much like The Brooklyn Follies, but I think that it's both underrated and brilliant. So there.)

What do I like about him? The sense of context and history that he places around the personal moment is one big thing that I admire. He's better at that than nearly anyone. Whether that's the moment of joy with looming 9/11 as a backdrop, or whether its his characters' continual urge/effort (ultimately doomed) to separate and isolate themselves-- whatever the situation, he's somehow the writer who insists on the whole page. (Please note that this is different than using history as backdrop, something that I tend to dislike very much.) Other things that I like about him include his interest in coincidence and his love of mundane details, used appropriately.

Reading a selected prose collection of any author has its challenges-- depending on the author then what they decide to collect can range from the wonderful to the nearly unreadable. When I bought this volume, I was very curious exactly what would be included. Auster has done so much in his writing life-- criticism, translation, memoirs. They had, it seemed to me, a lot of material from which to choose.

And it is an interesting selection. The first part of the book was, for me, truly wonderful to read. The first 240 pages are taken up by the two memoir pieces, "The Invention of Solitude" and "Hand to Mouth". It is worth the money to buy this book simply to have both of these collected in one place.

It follows on with a series of True Stories, collaboration and essays of which my favorites were probably "The Death of Sir Walter Raleigh" and "Northern Lights". The True Stories are interesting as his interest in coincidence is put front and center.

The rest of the book is Critical Essays, Prefaces and Occasions. I enjoyed the critical essays, but found that I was really only able to get something out of the ones where I knew the writer or work in question. From the rest, I got good suggestions for further reading, which is a pretty good thing to get as well. I personally found the prefaces difficult to read, and I probably would not have chosen to collect them. It's too bad, because it meant that I was impatient and tired by the time that we got around to the Occasions, and many of them are really lovely-- full of sharp observations, well worth making. If I had to read it again, I would probably have skipped the Prefaces and gone straight to the Occasions. (Obviously, much depends on why you are reading the book.)

In short, I would think that any reader would get a lot from this collection. I suppose that it would add more depth if you were already familiar with Auster as a writer, but I think that a piece like "The Invention of Solitude" can easily stand on its own as a first reading experience.

Well bought and well read.
Breder
Prior to the publication of this book, I had read most of Auster's non-fiction work. However, it had been spaced out over many years. Now, having read all of it again over the course of a week or two, one gets an even clearer sense of the common themes and symbols that reappear through out Auster's fiction and non-fiction alike. I had the pleasure of seeing him speak at Pace University a few months ago, and he is always insistent that his fiction is strictly fiction, but regardless, the reader is able to see where certain ideas in his work had their beginnings in his life. Any true Auster fan will take great pleasure in this work as a companion to his other novels, and it will give you a deeper appreciation for his work. The first book, The Invention of Solitude, deals with the death of his father, and how, after his father's death, he struggled to have a sense of the man no one really knew during his own life. "If it is true that we can ever come to know another human being, even to a small degree, it is only to the extent that he is willing to make himself known." The next book, Hand to Mouth, deals with his struggles early in life to become a writer. Then there are critical essays, true stories, prefaces, and random writings that he has amassed over the years. You get to see him grow over time, as a writer. The works are different enough, stylistically and content wise, that one doesn't get bored, even though the book is over five hundred pages. I'm glad that these works have finally been collected, and hopefully, more people will now dive into the unique world of Paul Auster.
Quellik
...provides an unfiltered perspective, regardless of how similar it is to the common themes and philosophies embedded in much of Auster's work. If you enjoy his work, this collection will only complement your appreciation.
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