Paul Auster

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Paul Auster
Jeho najznámejším dielom je The New York Trilogy, v ktorej vzdáva hold „drsnej americkej detektívke“.

Paul Benjamin Auster sa narodil 3 februára 1947 v New Yersey v židovskej rodine Samuela a Queenie Austerových. Už počas štúdia na univerzite začal písať svoj prvý román a prekladať. Po ukončení štúdia na Columbia University v roku 1970, sa presťahoval do Francúzska, kde sa živil prekladaním francúzskej literatúry. Po návrate do USA  v roku 1974 začal vydávať vlastné básne, eseje, romány a preklady. V roku 1981 sa oženil so svojou druhou manželkou, spisovateľkou Siri Hustvedtovou. Predtým bol ženatý s uznávanou spisovateľkou Lydiou Davisovou. Má dve deti, Davida a Sophie. Je viceprezidentom PEN American Center.

Jeho prvým románom bola detektívka Squeeze Play a vyšla pod pseudonymom Paul Benjamin (Benjamin je jeho prostredné meno). Najviac sa však preslávil sériou troch detektívnych príbehov, publikovaných spoločne ako The New York Trilogy v roku 1987.

Okrem literatúry sa venuje aj písaniu scenárov a filmovej réžii. Ak ste videli skvelý poviedkový film Dym, Auster ho spolurežíroval a napísal aj scenár. Jeho zaujímavým režisérskym kúskom je film The Inner Life of Martin Frost.

V roku 2006 bol nominovaný na cenu Price of Asturias Award za literatúru, ktorú v predošlých rokoch prijali Arthur Miller alebo Mario Vargas Llosa.

Zatiaľ poslednou Austerovou knihou (v slovenskom preklade) je Zimný denník, v ktorom s chuťou rekapituluje svoje životné zážitky a udalosti, na ktoré sa nedá a nemôže zabudnúť.

Preložené diela:

1987 - The New York Trilogy (Newyorská trilogie, Prostor, 1999)

1985 - City of Glass (Sklené mesto, Petit Press, 2005, edícia Svetová knižnica SME - XX. storočie)

1992 - Leviathan (Leviatan, Prostor, 2002)

1994 - Mr. Vertigo (Mr. Vertigo, Prostor, 2001)

2002 - The Book ofI llusions (Kniha ilúzií, IKAR, 2004)

2005 - The Brooklyn Follies (Brooklynské frašky, IKAR, 2007)

2006 - Travels in the Scriptorium (Putovanie v skriptóriu, Artforum, 2010)

2012 –  Winter Journal (Zimný denník, Artforum, 2012)

(foto: David Shankbone)

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Auggie Wren's Christmas Story


This charming Christmas fable 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 agrees, but he has a problem: How do you write an unsentimental Christmas story? He unburdens himself to his friend at his local cigar shop, a colourful character called Auggie Wren. 'A Christmas story? Is that all?' Auggie counters. 'If you buy me lunch, my friend, I'll tell you the best Christmas story you've ever heard. And I guarantee every word of it is true.' What follows is utterly beguiling - a story involving a blind woman, a lost wallet, and a Christmas dinner - in which everything is turned upside down and the lines between truth and story telling become brilliantly blurred.
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Holdpalota


Senki sem felelős a történtekért; ettől azonban nem kevésbé nehéz elfogadnom, hogy így alakultak a dolgok. A rossz időzítésen múlott az egész. Lekéstük a csatlakozást, hogy úgy mondjam, vakon tapogatóztunk a sötétben. Ott voltunk mind, ahol lennünk kellett, s mégis elkerültük egymást; pedig hajszál híja volt, hogy egy csapásra kikristályosodjon körülöttünk minden. Végső soron erről szól ez az egész történet. Az élet: elvetélt lehetőségek sora. Minden részlet együtt van kezdettől fogva, ott a kirakós játék összes darabja, csak éppen az ember nem tudja összeállítani magának a képet. Akárcsak Paul Auster New York trilógiá-jának hősei, ennek az erősen életrajzi jellegű műnek a főhőse is homályos szimbólumok közt éli sejtelmes életét, megtapasztalja a benne lakozó űrt, ám végül kinyílik a szeme egy szabadabb, teljesebb létezésre. A történet 1969 nyarán kezdődik, amikor az ember először lépett a Holdra. A hős, Marco Stanley Fogg, akinek mindhárom neve híres utazóra utal, szintén az ismeretlen felfedezésére indul. Életútja más életekkel fonódik össze: megismerkedik egy lánnyal, aki megmenti az éhhaláltól; elszegődik egy mozgásképtelen, vak öregúrhoz, akinek eltorzult tudatán át Fogg merőben más képet kap az emberekről és a világról; megismerkedik valakivel, akiről véletlenek sorozatán át kiderül, hogy nem más, mint az apja; és gyalogszerrel átkel a sivatagon, Utah-tól a Csendes-óceánig. Paul Auster egyedülálló jelenség a mai amerikai irodalomban; semmiféle áramlattal, divattal nem rokonítható. Hősei egyforma otthonossággal mozognak a modern nagyvárosban és a lélek kietlen tájain. Helyét az amerikai kritika a posztmodern után-ra teszi.
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Mood Palace


Spanning three generations, and illuminated by marvelous flights of lyricism and wit, "Moon Palace" follows an orphan child of the sixties as he seeks the key to his past and the answers to the riddle of his fate.
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Report from the Interior


In the beginning, everything was alive. The smallest objects were endowed with beating hearts . . . Having recalled his life through the story of his physical self in Winter Journal, internationally acclaimed novelist Paul Auster now remembers the experience of his development from within, through the encounters of his interior self with the outer world. From his baby's-eye view of the man in the moon to his childhood worship of the movie cowboy Buster Crabbe to the composition of his first poem at the age of nine to his dawning awareness of the injustices of American life, Report from the Interior charts Auster's moral, political and intellectual journey as he inches his way toward adulthood through the post-war fifties and into the turbulent 1960s. Auster evokes the sounds, smells, and tactile sensations that marked his early life-and the many images that came at him, including moving images (he adored cartoons, he was in love with films), until, at its unique climax, the book breaks away from prose into pure imagery: The final section of Report from the Interior recapitulates the first three parts, told in an album of pictures. At once a story of the times and the story of the emerging consciousness of a renowned literary artist, this four-part work answers the challenge of autobiography in ways rarely, if ever, seen before.
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Itt és most


"Sokat töprengek a barátságon mostanában..." - így indul az a levelezés, melyben J. M. Coetzee, A barbárokra várva Nobel-díjas szerzője és Paul Auster, a New York Trilógia írója beszélgetnek, mint férfi a férfival. A barátságról és a baseballról. A kislányok és a regényhősök névadásának buktatóiról. A mobiltelefon regénydramaturgiai és a sportnézés erkölcsi vonzatairól. Az amerikai politika és az izraeli politika bosszantó vonásairól. És persze a szerelemről és a fociról. Meg a fociról és a szerelemről. A két író 2008-ban találkozott először... A kezdetben távolságtartó levélváltás során viszonyuk igazi barátsággá mélyült. Olyan őket olvasni, mintha az ember kihallgatna egy izgalmas értelmiségi párbeszédet, amelyben a felek egymás álláspontját tiszteletben tartva, mégis szenvedélyesen vitáznak az élet és a művészet kérdéseiről... Meg a fociról és a szerelemről.
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12,79 € 13,46 €

Collected Prose - Auster


The celebrated author of "The New York Trilogy", "Moon Palace" and "The Book of Illusions" presents here a highly personal collection of essays, prefaces and occasional pieces written for magazines and newspapers. Ranging in subject from Walter Raleigh to Kafka; 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, Auster displays all his customary flair, wit and insight.
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Here and Now


Although Paul Auster and J.M. Coetzee had been reading each other's books for years, the two writers did not meet until February 2008. Not long after, Auster received a letter from Coetzee, suggesting they begin exchanging letters on a regular basis and, 'God willing, strike sparks off each other.' Here and Now is the result of that proposal: an epistolary dialogue between two great writers who became great friends. Over three years their letters touched on nearly every subject, from sports to fatherhood, film festivals to incest, philosophy to politics, from the financial crisis to art, family, marriage, friendship, and love. Their correspondence offers an intimate and often amusing portrait of these two men as they explore the complexities of the here and now and is a reflection of two sharp intellects whose pleasure in each other's friendship is apparent on every page.
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Report from the Interior


From his baby's-eye view of the man in the moon to his childhood worship of the movie cowboy Buster Crabbe to the composition of his first poem at the age of nine to his dawning awareness of the injustices of American life, Report from the Interior charts Auster's moral, political and intellectual journey as he inches his way toward adulthood through the post-war fifties and into the turbulent 1960s. Auster evokes the sounds, smells, and tactile sensations that marked his early life-and the many images that came at him, including moving images (he adored cartoons, he was in love with films), until, at its unique climax, the book breaks away from prose into pure imagery: The final section of Report from the Interior recapitulates the first three parts, told in an album of pictures. At once a story of the times and the story of the emerging consciousness of a renowned literary artist, this four-part work answers the challenge of autobiography in ways rarely, if ever, seen before.
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V krajině posledních věcí


Román amerického spisovatele Paula Austera, vydaný poprvé v roce 1987, patří žánrově mezi tzv. antiutopie. Formou dopisu, který píše mladá žena své kamarádce z dětství, uvádí čtenáře do bezútěšné budoucnosti života v rozkládajícím se městě, kde platí zákon silnějšího a policejní represe. Intrastruktura ani průmysl nefungují, nic se nevyrábí, lidé se živí sbíráním odpadků, okrádáním mrtvol nebo páchají hromadné sebevraždy. Co vedlo k takovému rozpadu, není zřejmé. Mluví se o „kolapsu“, ale není to žádná katastrofa, prostě jen civilizace, jak ji známe, přestala fungovat. Město v mnohém připomíná svět, ve kterém žijeme, naši postindustriální společnost. Ještě jsou peníze, existuje policie a v určité podobě i městská správa, ale jinak jsou všichni ponecháni osudu, vládne násilí a korupce. Příběh mladé ženy, která se do města vydala hledat svého bratra novináře, uvízne v něm, žije na ulici a protlouká se, jak se dá, nakone vyústí v plán, jak se skupinkou dalších z města uniknout... Kniha je považována za jedno z nejvýznamnějších Austerových děl a je kladena do jedné řady s antiutopiemi, jako je Huxleyův Konec civilizace. V roce 2008 byl příběh zfilmován argentinskými filmaři.
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The Invention of Solitude


'One day there is life ...And then, suddenly, it happens there is death.' So begins Paul Auster's moving and personal meditation on fatherhood, The Invention of Solitude. The first section, 'Portrait of an Invisible Man', reveals Auster's memories and feelings after the death of his father. In 'The Book of Memory' the perspective shifts to Auster's role as a father. The narrator, 'A.', contemplates his separation from his son, his dying grandfather and the solitary nature of writing and story-telling. With all the keen literary intelligence familiar from The New York Trilogy or Sunset Park, Paul Auster crafts an intensely intimate work from a ground-breaking combination of introspection, meditation and biography.
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4 3 2 1


On March 3, 1947, in the maternity ward of Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the one and only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born. From that single beginning, Ferguson's life will take four simultaneous and independent fictional paths. Four Fergusons made of the same genetic material, four boys who are the same boy, will go on to lead four parallel and entirely different lives. Family fortunes diverge. Loves and friendships and intellectual passions contrast. Chapter by chapter, the rotating narratives evolve into an elaborate dance of inner worlds enfolded within the outer forces of history as, one by one, the intimate plot of each Ferguson's story rushes on across the tumultuous and fractured terrain of mid twentieth-century America. A boy grows up-again and again and again. As inventive and dexterously constructed as anything Paul Auster has ever written 4 3 2 1 is an unforgettable tour de force, the crowning work of this masterful writer's extraordinary career.
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4 3 2 1


LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017On March 3rd, 1947, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born. From that single beginning, Ferguson's life will take four simultaneous paths. Four Fergusons will go on to lead four parallel and entirely different lives. Family fortunes diverge. Loves and friendships and passions contrast. Each version of Ferguson's story rushes across the fractured terrain of mid-twentieth century America, in this sweeping story of birthright and possibility, of love and the fullness of life itself.
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A Life in Words


Paul Auster’s A Life in Words—a wide-ranging dialogue between Auster and the Danish professor I. B. Siegumfeldt—is a remarkably candid and sharply focused investigation into one writer’s art, craft, and life. It includes many revelations that have never been shared before. This is a book that’s full of surprises, composed of spoken words that sometimes jump off the page like good drama. The conversations between Auster and Siegumfeldt went on for three years, starting in 2011 and continuing after there was a complete draft in revisions. All twenty-one of Auster’s narrative works are covered, as well as all the themes and obsessions that drive the work, and the man.
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Leviathan


'Six days ago, a man blew himself up by the side of a road in northern Wisconsin . . .' The explosion that detonates the narrative of Paul Auster's remarkable novel also ends the life of its hero, Benjamin Sachs, and brings two FBI agents to the home of one of Sachs's oldest friends, the writer Peter Aaron. What follows is Aaron's story, an intricate, subtle and gripping investigation of another man's life in all its richness and complexity. Combining an investigation of freedom and terrorism with all the tension, mystery and allusive richness familiar from Auster's The New York Trilogy or Sunset Park, Leviathan is an unmissable addition to the canon of 'one of America's most spectacularly inventive writers.' (Times Literary Supplement) 'Brownian motion experiment of a plot - chock-a-block with identity-swaps, sideways sweeps and lateral leaps.' Observer
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The Brooklyn Follies


'I was looking for a quiet place to die. Someone recommended Brooklyn, and so the next morning I travelled down there from Westchester to scope out the terrain . . .' So begins Paul Auster's remarkable new novel, The Brooklyn Follies. Set against the backdrop of the contested US election of 2000, it tells the story of Nathan and Tom, an uncle and nephew double-act. One in remission from lung cancer, divorced, and estranged from his only daughter, the other hiding away from his once-promising academic career, and, indeed, from life in general. Having accidentally ended up in the same Brooklyn neighbourhood, they discover a community teeming with life and passion. When Lucy, a little girl who refuses to speak, comes into their lives, there is suddenly a bridge from their pasts that offers them the possibility of redemption. Infused with character, mystery and humour, these lives intertwine and become bound together as Auster brilliantly explores the wider terrain of contemporary America - a crucible of broken dreams and of human folly. 'Auster at the top of his game. This superb novel about human folly turns out to be tremendously wise.' New Statesman
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The New York Trilogy


Paul Auster's signature work, "The New York Trilogy," consists of three interlocking novels: "City of Glass," "Ghosts," and "The Locked Room" - haunting and mysterious tales that move at the breathless pace of a thriller."City of Glass" - As a result of a strange phone call in the middle of the night, Quinn, a writer of detective stories, becomes enmeshed in a case more puzzling than any he might hace written"Ghosts"Blue, a student of Brown, has been hired to spy on Black. From a window of a rented house on Orange street, Blue stalks his subject, who is staring out of "his" window. "The Locked Room" - Fanshawe has disappeared, leaving behind his wife and baby and a cache of novels, plays, and poems. What happened? Features an introduction from Luc Sante and incredible cover illustrations by Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic artist Art Spiegelman, creator of "Maus "and "In the Shadow of No Towers".
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