Beginning with the deconstructed detective novels of the New York Trilogy, Paul Auster has proved himself to be one of the most adventurous writers in contemporary fiction. In book after book, he seems compelled to reinvent his style from scratch. Yet he always returns to certain preoccupations--most notably, solitude and coincidence--and these themes get a powerful workout in this early memoir. In the first half, "Portrait of an Invisible Man," Auster comes to terms with the death of his father, and as he investigates this elusive figure, he makes a rather shocking (and enlightening) discovery about his family's history. The second half, "The Book of Memory," finds the author on more abstract ground, toying with the entwined metaphors of coincidence, translation, solitude, and language. But here, too, the autobiographical element gives an extra kick to Auster's prose and keeps him from sliding off into armchair aesthetics. An eloquent, mesmerizing book. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Moving, delicately perceived portraits of lives and relationships. -- The New York Times Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
An unusually penetrating and thoughtful piece of reflection -- especially when it comes to Auster's analysis of his father. The writing is beautiful. Read morePublished 1 month ago by P. Stern
A good book to read that provides a lot of insight into the human mind.Published 2 months ago by David Keir Wright
I am a big fan of paul auster. the way he describe the story and the scene is amazingly poetic and detailed. I love it.Published 5 months ago by yerinkim
I learned a lot from this book but it left me sort of sad. I have the feeling that the father was ashamed of his mother's crime and therefore did not want to make a lasting... Read morePublished 12 months ago by maria porcina sanmiguel
Great technique. However, I don't like Auster expressed views and reflections on life itself.
In this case, the son isn't the victim. The father is. Read more
Previously, I have only read Auster's Book of Illusions. Now I want to read everything else he has written. This book, The Invention of Solitude is beautiful in every word. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Tess
This book is very interesting and written in a way that one cannot stop reading. The author portrays his father in a very clear way describing the present human problems.Published 19 months ago by Yecheskiel Cohen