The novels of Paul Auster-finely wrought, self-reflexive, filled
with doublings, coincidences, and mysteries-have captured the
imagination of readers and the admiration of many critics of
contemporary literature. In Beyond the Red Notebook, the
first book devoted to the works of Auster, Dennis Barone has
assembled an international group of scholars who present twelve
essays that provide a rich and insightful examination of Auster's
The authors explore connections between Auster's poetry and
fiction, the philosophical underpinnings of his writing, its
relation to detective fiction, and its unique embodiment of the
postmodern sublime. Their essays provide the fullest analysis
available of Auster's themes of solitude, chance, and paternity
found in works such as The Invention of Solitude, City
of Glass, Ghosts, The Locked Room, In
the Country of Last Things, Moon Palace, The
Music of Chance, and Leviathan.
This volume includes contributions from Pascal Bruckner, Marc
Chenetier, Norman Finkelstein, Derek Rubin, Madeleine Sorapure,
Stephen Bernstein, Tim Woods, Steven Weisenburger, Arthur Saltzman,
Eric Wirth, and Motoyuki Shibata. The extensive bibliography,
prepared by William Drenttel, will greatly benefit both scholars
and general readers.
Subjects: Language & Literature
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