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The Invention of Solitude Paperback – January 30, 2007
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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.
Praise for The Invention of Solitude
“Moving, delicately perceived portraits of lives and relationship.”
– The New York Times Book Review
“Integrates heart and intellect, sensation and speculation. . .as it relentlessly tries to make sense of the shocks of living.”
“Eloquent. . .Paul Auster’s memoir combines the subjects of time, language, and family into a beautifully moving and intelligent mosaic.”
– Charles Baxter
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In this case, the son isn't the victim. The father is. In any event, I would recommend the book. It's hard but I don't have regrets.