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The New York Trilogy: Whodunit?

Tracking the Structure of Paul Auster's Anti-Detective Novels

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Anne Holzapfel

In «The New York Trilogy», Paul Auster presents the readers a maze of crimes, detectives and culprits that reaches far beyond the bounds of the traditional detective novel. This book analyzes how Auster causes the detective novel's standard formula to collapse and discusses the strategies employed to do so. The analysis focuses on the aspects of identity, language, the relationship between author, reader, culprit and detective as well as the relationship between facts and fiction. To elucidate the structure of «The New York Trilogy», a geometrical model of the novels' structure is developed.
Contents: How in «The New York Trilogy» Auster causes the detective novel's standard formula to collapse and the strategies employed to do so - Aspects of identity and language - The relationship between author, reader, culprit and detective - The relationship between facts and fiction - Development of a geometrical model to elucidate the structure of novels.