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Paul Auster and Postmodern Quest

On the Road to Nowhere

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Ilana Shiloh

Paul Auster published his first prose work, the autobiographical The Invention of Solitude, in 1982; since then his fiction has gained ever growing popular and critical acclaim. This book is a stimulating pioneering study of eight works that make up the Auster canon: The Invention of Solitude, the three novellas that comprise The New York Trilogy, and the novels In the Country of Last Things, Moon Palace, The Music of Chance, and Leviathan. Focusing on the quest – which she sees as the master narrative of all of Auster’s novels – Shiloh examines Auster’s writing in a multi-layered context of literary and philosophical paradigms relevant to his practice, such as the American tradition of the «open road,» the generic conventions of detective fiction, postmodernist concepts of the subject, Sartre’s and Camus’s existentialist theories, and Freud’s and Lacan’s psychoanalytic models, all of which offer enriching and insightful perspectives on Auster’s poetics.

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INDEX Absence, 22, 30, 44, I 04n, I 62, I 64, 175, 180, 184, 186 at the core of self, I 0, I 2, I 7, I 8, 20,36,42,63 at the core of the sign, 28, I 55, thefather's, 17, 19,20,40,41,43, 107, 122, 123, 126, 129, 131, 175 the fictional characters', 30, 43 metaphysical, I 20, I 84, I 86 the writer's, 67, 68 Adventure, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 75n, 80, 82, 159, 162, 166 Adventurer, The (Zweig), 3, 4, 82 Adventures of Finocchio, The (Collodi), 24, 26, 27 Alter ego, 9, 18, 38, 47, 69, 79, I I I Apocalypse, 104, 153 Archetypes, 3, 5, I 0, I 6n, 85, I 73 Aristotle (Poetics, The), 168, I 72, 178, 180, 182, 192, 197 Augustine, 117 Auster, Paul Life I 7, I 9, 20, 2 I, 22, 27, 29, 30, 33n, 40, 4 I, 44, I 02, I 57n, 197n,203-4 Works The Art of Hunger, 9, 16n, 13, 33n, 56, 75n, 77n, 96, 144 Hand to Mouth, I 5, 32, 33n, 159, 198 In the Country of Last Things, 29, 137-58 The Invention of Solitude, I, 10, 17-34,35, 56n, 132, 137, 145 "Letters from the City," 147-8 Leviathan, I 4, 29, 36, 76n, 80 107- 127, 128, 137,146, !54, 155, 163 Lulu on the Bridge, I 5 "Moonlight in the Brooklyn Museum," 129-30, 135,202 Moon Palace, 14, 29, 107, 121- 134, I 99, 200, 202 Mr. Vertigo,...

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