The Intervention of Solitude

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In his debut memoir, renowned author Paul Auster shares heartfelt and personal meditations on fatherhood that "integrates heart and intellect, sensation and speculation . . . as it relentlessly tries to make sense of the shocks of living" (Newsday)

Moving, delicately perceived portraits of lives and relationships (The New York Times Book Review)
 
"One day there is life. . . . And then, suddenly, it happens there is death."
 
The Invention of Solitude, split into two stylistically separate sections, established Paul Auster's reputation as a major voice in American literature. The first section, "Portrait of an Invisible Man," explores Auster's memories and feelings after the death of his father, a distant, undemonstrative, almost cold man. As he attends to his father's business affairs and sifts through his effects, Auster uncovers a sixty-year-old family murder mystery that sheds light on his father's elusive character. In "The Book of Memory," the perspective shifts from Auster's identity as a son to his role as a father. Through a mosaic of images, coincidences, and associations, the narrator, "A," contemplates his separation from his son, his dying grandfather, and the solitary nature of storytelling and writing.

Format/pages: paperback / 176 pages

ISBN: 9780143112228

Publisher: Penguin Books

Year: 2007



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