Auster, Paul 1947-
Most widely held works about Paul Auster
Most widely held works by Paul Auster
The book of illusions : a novel by Paul Auster ( Book )
69 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in 16 languages and held by 2,132 libraries worldwide
In this rich and emotionally charged work, a man's obsession with a silent film star sends him on a journey into a shadowy world of lies, illusions, and unexpected love. A man's obsession with a silent-film star sends him on a journey into a shadow world of lies, illusions, and unexpected love. Six months after losing his wife and two young sons in an airplane crash, Vermont professor David Zimmer spends his waking hours mired in a blur of alcoholic grief and self-pity. Then, watching television one night, he stumbles upon a clip from a lost silent film by comedian Hector Mann. Zimmer's interest is piqued, and he soon finds himself embarking on a journey around the world to research a book on this mysterious figure, who vanished from sight in 1929 and has been presumed dead for sixty years. When the book is published the following year, a letter turns up in Zimmer's mailbox bearing a return address from a small town in New Mexico-supposedly written by Hector's wife. "Hector has read your book and would like to meet you. Are you interested in paying us a visit?" Is the letter a hoax, or is Hector Mann still alive? Torn between doubt and belief, Zimmer hesitates, until one night a strange woman appears on his doorstep and makes the decision for him, changing his life forever. This stunning novel plunges the reader into a universe in which the comic and the tragic, the real and the imagined, the violent and the tender dissolve into one another. With The Book of Illusions, one of America's most powerful and original writers has written his richest, most emotionally charged work yet.
The Brooklyn follies by Paul Auster ( Book )
81 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in 17 languages and held by 1,926 libraries worldwide
Retired life insurance salesman Nathan Glass moves to Brooklyn to find anonymity and solitude through his declining years, but a chance meeting with Tom Wood, his long-lost nephew, forces him to come to terms with his past.
Oracle night by Paul Auster ( Book )
74 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in 18 languages and held by 1,793 libraries worldwide
Recovering from a near-fatal illness, Sidney Orr, a thirty-four-year-old novelist, purchases a mysterious blue notebook from a Brooklyn stationery shop and is drawn into a bizarre world of eerie premonitions and baffling events.
Man in the dark by Paul Auster ( Book )
51 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in 17 languages and held by 1,765 libraries worldwide
Seventy-two-year-old August Brill is recovering from a car accident in his daughter's house in Vermont. When sleep refuses to come, he lies in bed and tells himself stories, struggling to push back thoughts about things he would prefer to forget--his wife's recent death and the horrific murder of his granddaughter's boyfriend, Titus. The retired book critic imagines a parallel world in which America is not at war with Iraq but with itself. In this other America the twin towers did not fall and the 2000 election results led to secession, as state after state pulled away from the union and a bloody civil war ensued. As the night progresses, Brill's story grows increasingly intense, and what he is so desperately trying to avoid insists on being told. Joined in the early hours by his granddaughter, he gradually opens up to her and recounts the story of his marriage. After she falls asleep, he at last finds the courage to revisit the trauma of Titus's death.--From publisher description.
Travels in the scriptorium by Paul Auster ( Book )
48 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in 10 languages and held by 1,657 libraries worldwide
An elderly man awakens disoriented in an unfamiliar room, with no memory of who he is or how he got there, and receives visits from a series of people who give him frustrating hints about his identity and his past.
Invisible by Paul Auster ( Book )
40 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in 11 languages and held by 1,626 libraries worldwide
Poet and student Adam Walker meets the enigmatic Frenchman Rudolf Born and his silent, seductive girlfriend, Margot, sending Adam into a perverse triangle that leads to a shocking act of violence that will alter his life.
I thought my father was God and other true tales from NPR's National Story Project ( Book )
10 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and German and held by 1,615 libraries worldwide
A collection of 180 personal, true-life accounts of life combining the ordinary and the extraordinary. Contains primary source material.
Leviathan by Paul Auster ( Book )
89 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in 17 languages and held by 1,565 libraries worldwide
Leviathan begins when a woman finds an address book and steals a new identity. Or it begins with a sudden, violent death. Or it begins as Peter Aaron sits down to tell the story of his best friend, Benjamin Sachs - to take us, through a life, to the road in rural Wisconsin where Sachs has accidentally blown himself up. Aaron's sole aim is to tell the truth and preserve it, before those who are investigating the case invent a story of their own. Aaron's clues are the small mysteries of any lifetime. Sachs had a marriage Aaron envied, an intelligence he admired, a circle of friends he shared. And then suddenly, after a near-fatal fall that might or might not have been intentional, Sachs disappears. For a while, Aaron's only link to him is through Maria Turner, an artist, and the one witness to Sachs's balcony plunge. Periodically, Sachs reappears, talks manically, and vanishes again - in pursuit of mercy or salvation, in thrall to an idea. Since the first book in his brilliant and acclaimed "New York Trilogy," Paul Auster's "rare combination of talent, scope, and audacity" (The New Republic) has given us worlds in which chance and destiny collide, in which solitary protagonists take us on mysterious, soul-wrenching journeys unparalleled in contemporary fiction. His seventh novel is about friendship and betrayal, sexual desire and estrangement, and the unpredictable intrusions of violence in the everyday. Rooted in American mythology and archetype, Leviathan is both timeless and resolutely about this moment. It is a daring and immensely moving story by "one of America's most spectacularly inventive writers" (The Times Literary Supplement).
Timbuktu : a novel by Paul Auster ( Book )
74 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in 18 languages and held by 1,548 libraries worldwide
A friendship between a man and a dog, told from the dog's point of view. The dog understands English and he knows his alcoholic master is a little crazy, but he is a tolerant sort. When the master dies the dog sets out to find a new one.
Sunset Park by Paul Auster ( Book )
24 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in 9 languages and held by 1,500 libraries worldwide
After falling in love with an underage girl and stirring the wrath of her older sister, New York native Miles Heller flees to Brooklyn and shacks up with a group of artists squatting in the borough's Sunset Park neighborhood.
Moon palace by Paul Auster ( Book )
124 editions published between 1989 and 2010 in 20 languages and held by 1,490 libraries worldwide
Marco Stanley Fogg, an orphan of the sixties, travels from Manhattan to Utah in search of himself.
The Random House book of twentieth-century French poetry : with translations by American and British poets ( Book )
5 editions published between 1982 and 1984 in English and held by 1,436 libraries worldwide
The New York trilogy by Paul Auster ( Book )
141 editions published between 1985 and 2011 in 21 languages and held by 1,364 libraries worldwide
City of glass: A writer of a detective stories becomes embroiled in a complex and puzzling series of events, beginning with a call from a stranger in the middle of the night asking for the author.
In the country of last things by Paul Auster ( Book )
72 editions published between 1987 and 2009 in 16 languages and held by 1,332 libraries worldwide
Anna Blume relates her sojourn in a city obsessed with last things: with the means & manner of death. As she seeks to survive she finds friendship, love & recovered hope.
Mr. Vertigo by Paul Auster ( Book )
92 editions published between 1994 and 2008 in 21 languages and held by 1,199 libraries worldwide
In the 1920s, an orphan is rescued from the streets of St. Louis by a mysterious foreigner who teaches him to fly and walk on water. Now an octogenarian, he tells the story of his vaudeville act. By the author of Moon Palace.
The music of chance by Paul Auster ( Book )
75 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in 16 languages and held by 1,149 libraries worldwide
"Paul Auster fuses Samuel Beckett and The Brothers Grimm in this brilliant and unsettling parable. Following the death of his father, Jim Nashe takes to the open road. But there he picks up Pozzi, a hitchhiking gambler, and soon after is drawn into a dangerous game of high-stakes poker with two eccentric and reclusive millionaires . . ." -- Back cover.
City of glass by Paul Auster ( Book )
80 editions published between 1985 and 2010 in 17 languages and held by 918 libraries worldwide
A late-night phone call from a stranger involves Quinn, a mystery writer, in a baffling murder case stranger than his novels.
Hand to mouth : a chronicle of early failure by Paul Auster ( Book )
40 editions published between 1997 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 827 libraries worldwide
This is the story of a young man's struggle to stay afloat. By turns poignant and comic, Paul Auster's memoir is essentially an autobiographical essay about money - and what it means not to have it. From one odd job to the next, from one failed scheme to another, Auster investigates his own stubborn compulsion to make art, and describes his ingenious, often farfetched attempts to survive on next to nothing. From the streets of New York City and Paris to the rural roads of Upstate New York, the author treats us to a series of remarkable adventures and unforgettable encounters and, in several elaborate appendixes, to previously unknown work from these years. Here are three plays that contain the seeds of inspiration for some of Auster's future work, a tabletop baseball game (complete with cards and rules), and a pseudonymous detective novel - the author's first full-length novel. Each is an example of Auster's effort to make money; each is an illustration of the artist's mind at work. The result is a book of manifold delights and discoveries, an autobiography that resembles no other.
Smoke ( Visual )
47 editions published between 1994 and 2009 in 8 languages and held by 661 libraries worldwide
Episodic story, divided into five chapters, each bearing the name of a character; main characters appear in most chapters. Most of the characters are connected by the fact that they hang out or work at the Brooklyn Cigar Store, where they tell stories and smoke a lot. Chapters explore the interpersonal relationships between this large and diverse group of characters.
The invention of solitude by Paul Auster ( Book )
86 editions published between 1980 and 9999 in 13 languages and held by 655 libraries worldwide
"So begins The Invention of Solitude, Paul Auster's moving and personal meditation on fatherhood. The first section, 'Portrait of an Invisible Man', reveals Auster's memories and feelings after the death of his father, a distant, undemonstrative, almost cold man. As he attends to his father's business affairs and sifts through his effects, Auster uncovers a sixty-year-old family murder mystery that sheds light on his father's elusive character. In 'The Book of Memory', the perspective shifts from Auster's identity as son to his role as father. Through a mosaic of images, coincidences, and associations, the narrator, 'A', contemplates his separation from his son, his dying grandfather, and the solitary nature of storytelling and writing." -- Back cover.
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Auster, Paul Benjamin 1947-
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Benjamin, Paul, pseud.
Osṭer, Pol 1947-
Pseud. Benjamin, Paul 1947-
אוסטר, פול, 1947־
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