Author of the Month: Paul Auster

Our author of the month for February is Newark-born novelist, poet, essayist, memoirist and screenwriter Paul Auster. Auster began his literary life as a translator from French, and his work, though set for the most part in America, is strongly influenced by the tradition of European experimentalism, as well as by detective fiction and film noir. He’ll be reading from his most recent novel 4 3 2 1 which follows its hero, born, like Auster, in Newark in 1947, along four distinct but parallel life paths, at a special event organised by the bookshop at Senate House (sadly now sold out.) Drop by Bury Place to see a selection of his work on our Auster table, or have a browse through our booklist.

4 3 2 1

Paul Auster

J. Robert Lennon writes:

Paul Auster’s new novel, 4321, is a lightly edited two-inch-thick Bildungsroman divided into four timelines, each a possible iteration of a single character’s life. ...

£20.00

Report from the Interior

Paul Auster

From the publisher:

Having recalled his life through the story of his physical self in Winter Journal, the author now remembers the experience of his development from within, through the ...

£10.99

Collected Prose

Paul Auster

From the publisher:

Written by the celebrated author of The New York Trilogy, this book presents a highly personal collection of essays, prefaces and occasional pieces written for magazines and ...

£16.99

Winter Journal

Paul Auster

From the publisher:

‘You think it will never happen to you, that it cannot happen to you, that you are the only person world to whom none of these things will ever happen, and then, one by ...

Here and Now

Paul Auster and J. M. Coetzee

From the publisher:

Result of an epistolary dialogue between two great writers who became great friends. This book offers an intimate and often amusing portrait of these two men as they explore ...

£20.00

The Invention of Solitude

Paul Auster

From the publisher:

‘One day there is life ... And then, suddenly, it happens there is death.’ So begins the author’s moving and personal meditation on fatherhood. This book also includes ...

Sunset Park

Paul Auster

From the publisher:

Set against the backdrop of the devastating global recession, and pulsing with the energy of the author’s previous novel Invisible, this title is as mythic as it is ...

Collected Screenplays

Paul Auster

From the publisher:

Paul Auster has brought a sense of restless invention to the art of screenwriting, producing Smoke, Blue in the Face, Lulu on the Bridge and The Inner Life of Martin Frost. ...

£30.00

Invisible

Paul Auster

From the publisher:

Sinuously constructed in four interlocking parts, this title opens in New York City in the spring of 1967 when twenty-year-old Adam Walker, an aspiring poet and student at ...

Auggie Wren’s Christmas Story

Paul Auster

From the publisher:

A Christmas story that begins with a dilemma: a writer has been asked by The New York Times to write a story that will appear in the paper on Christmas morning. The man ...

Man in the Dark

Paul Auster

From the publisher:

Reflects the consequences of 9/11, that forces us to confront the blackness of night even as it celebrates the existence of ordinary joys in a world capable of the most ...

Travels in the Scriptorium

Paul Auster

From the publisher:

An old man sits in a room, with a single door and window, a bed, a desk and a chair. Each day he awakes with no memory, unsure of whether or not he is locked into the room. ...

The Music of Chance

Paul Auster

From the publisher:

By the time Nashe understood what was happening to him, he was past the point of wanting it to end. Following the death of his father, Jim Nashe takes to the open road in ...

Timbuktu

Paul Auster

From the publisher:

Meet Mr Bones, the canine hero of Paul Auster’s remarkable novel. Bones is the sidekick of Willy G. Christmas, a brilliant but troubled poet-saint from Brooklyn. Together ...

Mr Vertigo

Paul Auster

From the publisher:

Under the tutelage of the mesmerising Master Yehudi, Walt is taken back to the mysterious house on the plains to prepare not only for the ability to fly, but also for the ...

The Red Notebook

Paul Auster

From the publisher:

A collection, in which, the author traces the compulsion to make literature. In a selection of interviews, as well as in the essay ‘The Red Notebook’ itself, he reflects ...

True Tales of American Life

edited by Paul Auster

From the publisher:

Provides a portrait of America in the twentieth century. This book offers a varied and authentic voice for the American people, whose lives, loves, griefs, regrets, joys and ...

£10.99

Hand to mouth

Paul Auster

From the publisher:

Tells the story of the young Paul Auster’s struggle to stay afloat. From one odd job to the next, from one failed scheme to another, the author investigates his own ...

Selected Poems Paul Auster

From the publisher:

Working within the domain of consciously reduced elements, Auster pushes language to its breaking point, locating the sayable within the shifting tumult of the real, and ...

Moon Palace

Paul Auster

From the publisher:

Filled with suspense, unlikely coincidences, wrenching tragedies and marvellous flights of lyricism and erudition, the novel carries the reader effortlessly along with ...

Paul Auster

Mark Brown

From the publisher:

This study explores all of Auster’s artistic output – both published and unpublished – for the first time, and considers, in considerable depth, his major themes of New ...

£15.99