Paul Auster was born on February 3, 1947, in Newark, New Jersey, United States. He is the son of middle-class parents Samuel and Queenie (née Bogat) Auster. He grew up with the sister in South Orange and Newark.
Paul Auster and Inge Birgitte Siegumfeldt at CJMC Book Launch on April 13, 2011.
Paul Auster at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in Baillie Gifford Main Theatre on August 18, 2017.
Paul Auster speaks at the Guadalajara International Book Fair 2017. Photo by Natalia Fregoso.
17 Parker Ave, Maplewood, NJ 07040, United States
Columbia High School where Paul Auster studied.
116th St & Broadway, New York, NY 10027, United States
Columbia University where Paul Auster received a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degree.
A memorial stone in honor of Paul Auster on the Brooklyn Celebrity Path.
The Bodil Award which Paul Auster won for Best American Film in 1996 for Smoke.
Independent Spirit Award which Paul Auster won for Best First Screenplay in 1996 for Smoke.
Paul Auster with the Premio Leteo in 2009 for Sunset Park.
Paul Auster received the Medal of the City of Paris in 2010 from Bertrand Delanoe.
Paul Auster and Nora Chassler.
1048 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028, United States
Dominic Freud, Kate Bar-Tur, Siri Hustvedt, Paul Auster and Petra Vospernik at the 1st Annual New York Celebration Dinner for the Sigmund Freud Museum Vienna at the Neue Galerie on October 29, 2018.
Paul Auster at the Maplewood Library.
Paul Auster is signing his book Moon Palace.
Paul Auster and Michael Wood with Siri Hustvedt and festival organizers at Montclair Literary Festival 2017.
Paul Auster during his reading in Green-Wood's Historic Chapel. Photo by Andrea Vasgko.
Paul Auster is in the office signing copies of his novel 4 3 2 1.
Paul Auster with Charlotte Rampling in 2011.
Paul Auster with his wife Siri Hustvedt and the daughter Sophie.
Paul Auster with his wife Siri Hustvedt and the daughter Sophie.
(A slim volume of poems, most of which first appeared in t...)
A slim volume of poems, most of which first appeared in the pages of Ironwood and Pequod.
(It is a memoir, established Auster’s reputation as a majo...)
It is a memoir, established Auster’s reputation as a major new voice in American writing. His moving and personal meditation on fatherhood is split into two stylistically separate sections. In the first, Auster reflects on the memories of his father who was a distant, undemonstrative, and cold man who died an untimely death. As he sifts through his Father’s things, Auster uncovers a sixty-year-old murder mystery that sheds light on his father’s elusive character. In the second section, the perspective shifts and Auster begins to reflect on his own identity as a father by adopting the voice of a narrator, “A.” Through a mosaic of images, coincidences, and associations “A,” contemplates his separation from his son, his dying grandfather, turning the story into a self-conscious reflection on the process of writing.
(This collection highlights some of the very best verse th...)
This collection highlights some of the very best verse that came out of a country and century defined by war and liberation. Let Paul Auster guide you through some of the best poetry that 20th century France has to offer.
(Someone's trying to kill former baseball star George Chap...)
Someone's trying to kill former baseball star George Chapman, and he hires tough New York detective Max Klein. Chapman claims he has no enemies, but Klein doesn't believe in fairy tales, or in the alibis and sexual ploys of Chapman's wife, who hates her husband enough to kill him.
(Moving at the breathless pace of a thriller, this uniquel...)
Moving at the breathless pace of a thriller, this uniquely stylized trilogy of detective novels begins with the City of Glass, in which Quinn, a mystery writer, receives an ominous phone call in the middle of the night. He’s drawn into the streets of New York, onto an elusive case that’s more puzzling and more deeply-layered than anything he might have written himself. In Ghosts, Blue, a mentee of Brown, is hired by White to spy on Black from a window on Orange Street. Once Blue starts stalking Black, he finds his subject on a similar mission, as well. In The Locked Room, Fanshawe has disappeared, leaving behind his wife and baby and nothing but a cache of novels, plays, and poems.
(In a distant and unsettling future, Anna Blume is on a mi...)
In a distant and unsettling future, Anna Blume is on a mission in an unnamed city of chaos and disaster. Its destitute inhabitants scavenge garbage for food and shelter, no industry exists, and an elusive government provides nothing but corruption. Anna wades through the filth to find her long-lost brother, a one-time journalist who may or may not be alive.
(Marco Stanley Fogg is an orphan, a child of the sixties, ...)
Marco Stanley Fogg is an orphan, a child of the sixties, a quester tirelessly seeking the key to his past, the answers to the ultimate riddle of his fate. As Marco journeys from the canyons of Manhattan to the deserts of Utah, he encounters a gallery of characters and a series of events as rich and surprising as any in modern fiction. Beginning during the summer that men first walked on the moon, and moving backward and forward in time to span three generations, Moon Palace is propelled by coincidence and memory, and illuminated by marvelous flights of lyricism and wit.
(This novel follows Jim Nashe who, after squandering an un...)
This novel follows Jim Nashe who, after squandering an unexpected inheritance, picks up a young gambler named Jack Pozzi hoping to con two millionaires. But when their plans backfire, Jim and Jack are indentured by their elusive marks and are forced to build a meaningless wall with bricks gathered from the ruins of an Irish castle. Time passes, their debts mount, and anger builds as the two struggle to dig themselves out of their Kafkaesque serfdom.
(An unconventional story it is, involving a lost wallet, a...)
An unconventional story it is, involving a lost wallet, a blind woman, and a Christmas dinner. Everything gets turned upside down. What's stealing? What's giving? What's a lie? What's the truth? It's vintage Auster, and pure pleasure: a truly unsentimental but completely affecting tale.
(A collection of poetry and prose from Paul Auster. The bo...)
A collection of poetry and prose from Paul Auster. The book is divided into two parts. The first part is a selection from the author's volumes of poetry published in America in the 1970s and the second part is a collection of his essays.
("Six days ago, a man blew himself up by the side of a roa...)
"Six days ago, a man blew himself up by the side of a road in northern Wisconsin." So begins the story by Peter Aaron about his best friend, Benjamin Sachs. Sachs had a marriage Aaron envied, an intelligence he admired, a world he shared. And then suddenly, after a near-fatal fall that might or might not have been intentional, Sachs disappeared. Now Aaron must piece together the life that led to Sach's death. His sole aim is, to tell the truth, and preserve it, before those who are investigating the case invent an account of their own.
(The Red Notebook is a collection of autobiographical sket...)
The Red Notebook is a collection of autobiographical sketches on coincidence. The Art Of Hunger undermines our accepted notions about literature. Auster's meditations on writing and artists lead us to a better understanding of the toll of writing.
(Walter Claireborne Rawley, renowned nationwide as "Walt t...)
Walter Claireborne Rawley, renowned nationwide as "Walt the Wonder Boy," is a Saint Louis orphan rescued from the streets by a mysterious Hungarian Jew, Master Yehudi, who teaches Walt to walk on air. Master Yehudi brings Walt into a Kansas circus troupe consisting of Mother Sioux and Aesop, a young black genius. The vaudeville act takes them across a vast and vibrant country, through mythic Americana where they meet and fall prey to sinners, thieves, and villains, from the Kansas Ku Klux Klan to the Chicago mob. Walt's rise to fame and fortune mirrors America's own coming of age, and his resilience, like that of the nation, is challenged over and over and over again.
(The Red Notebook brings together in one volume all of Pau...)
The Red Notebook brings together in one volume all of Paul Auster's short, true-life stories―a remarkable collection of tales that documents the curious, miraculous, and sometimes catastrophic turns of everyday reality. In The Red Notebook, Auster again explores events from the real world large and small, tragic and comic―that reveal the unpredictable, shifting nature of human experience. A burnt onion pie, a wrong number, a young boy struck by lightning, a man falling off a roof, a scrap of paper discovered in a Paris hotel room―all these form the context for a singular kind of ars poetica, a literary manifesto without theory, cast in the irreducible forms of pure storytelling.
(Hand to Mouth: A Chronicle of Early Failure is a fascinat...)
Hand to Mouth: A Chronicle of Early Failure is a fascinating and often funny memoir about his early years as a writer struggling to be published, and to make enough money to survive. Leaving high school with "itchy feet" and refusing to play it safe, Auster avoided convention and the double life of steady office employment while writing. From the streets of New York City, Dublin, and Paris to a surreal adventure in a dusty village in Mexico, Auster's account of living on next to nothing introduces an unforgettable cast of characters while examining what it means to be a writer.
(Mr. Bones, the canine hero of Paul Auster's astonishing n...)
Mr. Bones, the canine hero of Paul Auster's astonishing new book, is the sidekick and confidant of Willy G. Christmas, a brilliant and troubled homeless man from Brooklyn. As Willy's body slowly expires, he sets off with Mr. Bones for Baltimore in search of his high school English teacher and a new home for his companion. Mr. Bones is our witness during their journey, and out of his thoughts, Paul Auster has spun one of the richest, most compelling tales in American fiction.
(The stories in this book were submitted by listeners of N...)
The stories in this book were submitted by listeners of National Public Radio. True Tales of American Life gathers 180 personal accounts in a single extraordinary volume.
(A man's obsession with a silent-film star sends him on a ...)
A man's obsession with a silent-film star sends him on a journey into a shadow world of lies, illusions, and unexpected love Six months after losing his wife and two young sons in an airplane crash, Vermont professor David Zimmer spends his waking hours mired in a blur of alcoholic grief and self-pity. Then, watching television one night, he stumbles upon a clip from a lost silent film by comedian Hector Mann. Zimmer's interest is piqued, and he soon finds himself embarking on a journey around the world to research a book on this mysterious figure, who vanished from sight in 1929 and has been presumed dead for sixty years.
(This is the story of Paul Auster's typewriter. The typewr...)
This is the story of Paul Auster's typewriter. The typewriter is a manual Olympia, more than 25 years old, and has been the agent of transmission for the novels, stories, collaborations, and other writings Auster has produced since the 1970s, a body of work that stands as one of the most varied, creative, and critically acclaimed in recent American letters. It is also the story of a relationship. A relationship between Auster, his typewriter, and the artist Sam Messer, who, as Auster writes, has turned an inanimate object into a being with a personality and a presence in the world.
(Several months into his recovery from a near-fatal illnes...)
Several months into his recovery from a near-fatal illness, thirty-four-year-old novelist Sidney Orr enters a stationery shop in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn and buys a blue notebook. It is September 18, 1982, and for the next nine days, Orr will live under the spell of this blank book, trapped inside a world of eerie premonitions and puzzling events that threaten to destroy his marriage and undermine his faith in reality.
(Nathan Glass has come to Brooklyn to die. Divorced, estra...)
Nathan Glass has come to Brooklyn to die. Divorced, estranged from his only daughter, the retired life insurance salesman seeks only solitude and anonymity. Then Nathan finds his long-lost nephew, Tom Wood, working in a local bookstore-a far cry from the brilliant academic career he'd begun when Nathan saw him last. Tom's boss is the charismatic Harry Brightman, whom fate has also brought to the "ancient kingdom of Brooklyn, New York." Through Tom and Harry, Nathan's world gradually broadens to include a new set of acquaintances-not to mention a stray relative or two-and leads him to a reckoning with his past.
(An essential collection from one of the finest thinkers a...)
An essential collection from one of the finest thinkers and stylists in contemporary letters. The author presents here a highly personal collection of essays, prefaces, true stories, autobiographical writings, and collaborations with artists, as well as occasional pieces written for magazines and newspapers, including The Invention of Solitude his "breathtaking memoir.
(An old man awakens, disoriented, in an unfamiliar chamber...)
An old man awakens, disoriented, in an unfamiliar chamber. With no memory of who he is or how he has arrived there, he pores over the relics on the desk, examining the circumstances of his confinement and searching his own hazy mind for clues. Determining that he is locked in, the man identified only as Mr. Blank begins reading a manuscript he finds on the desk, the story of another prisoner, set in an unfamiliar, alternate world.
(Taut, densely lyrical, and everywhere informed by a power...)
Taut, densely lyrical, and everywhere informed by a powerful and subtle music, this collection begins with the compact fragments of Spokes and Unearth (both written when Auster was in his early twenties), continues on through the more ample meditations of Wall Writing, Disappearances, Effigies, Fragments From the Cold, Facing the Music and White Spaces, then moves further back in time to include Auster's revealing translations of many of the French poets who influenced his own writing.
(Seventy-two-year-old August Brill is recovering from a ca...)
Seventy-two-year-old August Brill is recovering from a car accident in his daughter's house in Vermont. When sleep refuses to come, he lies in bed and tells himself stories, struggling to push back thoughts about things he would prefer to forget his wife's recent death and the horrific murder of his granddaughter's boyfriend, Titus. The retired book critic imagines a parallel world in which America is not at war with Iraq but with itself. In this other America, the twin towers did not fall and the 2000 election results led to secession, as state after state pulled away from the union and a bloody civil war ensued. As the night progresses, Brill's story grows increasingly intense, and what he is so desperately trying to avoid insists on being told. Joined in the early hours by his granddaughter, he gradually opens up to her and recounts the story of his marriage. After she falls asleep, he, at last, finds the courage to revisit the trauma of Titus's death.
(Sinuously constructed in four interlocking parts, Paul Au...)
Sinuously constructed in four interlocking parts, Paul Auster's fifteenth novel opens in New York City in the spring of 1967, when twenty-year-old Adam Walker, an aspiring poet, and student at Columbia University, meets the enigmatic Frenchman Rudolf Born and his silent and seductive girlfriend, Margot. Before long, Walker finds himself caught in a perverse triangle that leads to a sudden, shocking act of violence that will alter the course of his life.
(Set during the American financial recession in 2008, the ...)
Set during the American financial recession in 2008, the college dropout Miles Heller, who has been running from his past for seven years, is forced to leave his new girlfriend in Florida and return home to New York City. There he unites with his old friend Bing who lives with two women in an abandoned home in the Sunset Park neighborhood in Brooklyn. Through several situations of coincidence and self-discovery, it is a story about how to reconnect with a world once left behind, and how to rejoin the human race after the self-inflicted exile.
(On January 3, 2011, exactly one month before his sixty-fo...)
On January 3, 2011, exactly one month before his sixty-fourth birthday, internationally acclaimed novelist Paul Auster sat down and wrote the first entry of Winter Journal, his unorthodox, beautifully wrought examination of his own life, as seen through the history of his body. Auster takes us from childhood to the brink of old age as he summons forth a universe of physical sensation, of pleasures and pains, moving from the awakening of sexual desire as an adolescent to the ever deepening bonds of married love, from meditations on eating and sleeping to the "scalding, epiphanic moment of clarity" in 1978 that set him on a new course as a writer.
(Day/Night brings together two metaphysical novels that mi...)
Day/Night brings together two metaphysical novels that mirror each other and are meant to be read in tandem: two men, each confined to a room, one suddenly alert to his existence, the other desperate to escape into sleep.
(After a meeting at an Australian literary festival brough...)
After a meeting at an Australian literary festival brought them together in 2008, novelists Paul Auster and J. M. Coetzee began exchanging letters on a regular basis with the hope they might “strike sparks off each other." Here and Now is the result: a three-year epistolary dialogue that touches on nearly every subject, from sports to fatherhood, literature to film, philosophy to politics, from the financial crisis to art, death, eroticism, marriage, friendship, and love. Their high-spirited and luminous correspondence offers an intimate and often amusing portrait of these two men as they explore the complexities of the here and now and reveal their pleasure in each other’s friendship on every page.
(Paul Auster's most intimate autobiographical work to date...)
Paul Auster's most intimate autobiographical work to date. Having recalled his life through the story of his physical self in Winter Journal, internationally acclaimed novelist Paul Auster now remembers the experience of his development from within through the encounters of his interior self with the outer world in Report from the Interior.
(Nearly two weeks early, on March 3, 1947, in the maternit...)
Nearly two weeks early, on March 3, 1947, in the maternity ward of Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the one and only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born. From that single beginning, Ferguson’s life will take four simultaneous and independent fictional paths. Four identical Fergusons made of the same DNA, four boys who are the same boy, go on to lead four parallel and entirely different lives. Family fortunes diverge. Athletic skills and sex lives and friendships and intellectual passions contrast. Each Ferguson falls under the spell of the magnificent Amy Schneiderman, yet each Amy and each Ferguson have a relationship like no other. Meanwhile, readers will take in each Ferguson’s pleasures and ache from each Ferguson’s pains, as the mortal plot of each Ferguson’s life rushes on.
(A remarkably candid, and often surprisingly dramatic, inv...)
A remarkably candid, and often surprisingly dramatic, investigation into one writer's art, craft, and life, A Life in Words is rooted in three years of dialogue between Auster and Professor I. B. Siegumfeldt, starting in 2011, while Siegumfeldt was in the process of launching the Center for Paul Auster Studies at the University of Copenhagen. It includes a number of surprising disclosures, both concerning Auster's work and about the art of writing generally. It is a book that's full of surprises, unscripted yet amounting to a sharply focused portrait of the inner workings of one of America's most productive and successful writers, through all twenty-one of Auster's narrative works and the themes and obsessions that drive them.
(In the uproarious follow-up to the hit comedy Smoke, Harv...)
In the uproarious follow-up to the hit comedy Smoke, Harvey Keitel returns with a red-hot, all-star cast that includes Michael J. Fox, Roseanne, and Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino. It's nonstop laughs when a wacky group of locals visits the neighborhood cigar shop, looking for good times.
(Lulu on the Bridge is an American romantic-mystery drama ...)
Lulu on the Bridge is an American romantic-mystery drama film written and directed by author Paul Auster and starring Harvey Keitel, Mira Sorvino, and Willem Dafoe. The film is about a jazz saxophone player whose life is transformed after being shot. After discovering a mysterious stone, he meets and falls in love with a beautiful aspiring actress, but their happiness is cut short by a series of strange, dreamlike events
Paul Auster was born on February 3, 1947, in Newark, New Jersey, United States. He is the son of middle-class parents Samuel and Queenie (née Bogat) Auster. He grew up with the sister in South Orange and Newark.
Paul Auster read books enthusiastically and developed an interest in writing early. When Auster was nine years old, he wrote his first novel. The future author studied at Columbia High School. After graduating from school, he went on a trip to Europe, visited Italy, Spain, Paris, and Dublin. Returning to the United States, he entered Columbia University where he studied English literature, comparative literature, and French poetry. He had also a variety of freelance jobs and wrote articles for university magazines. At this university, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1969 and a Master of Arts degree in 1970.
After graduating from university, Paul Auster had been a sailor on an oil tanker for a year. Then he moved to France, where he began translating the works of French writers. In 1974, he moved back to New York. Throughout the 1970s he wrote mainly poetry and essays which appeared in various magazines including the New York Review of books.
His acclaimed debut work was a memoir entitled The Invention of Solitude. The book The Invention of Solitude is dedicated to Auster's memoirs about the death of his father and reflections on writing. He also published other autobiographical books, as well as several books of poems and collections of essays.
His first novel Squeeze Play was written under the pseudonym Paul Benjamin and was published in 1984. In 1987, Auster gained renown for a series of three loosely connected stories published collectively as The New York Trilogy. The author used the detective form to address existential issues and questions of identity, space, language, and literature creating his own distinctively postmodern form in the process. In 1987 he also published the book In The Country of Last Things, then the novels The Temple of the Moon and Leviathan, the characters of which are obsessed with the desire to chronicle the lives of others.
Paul Oster translated the works of such authors as Joan Miro, Jean-Paul Sartre, Joseph Joubert, Stefan Mallarme, and others into English. In addition, he wrote scripts for two films by Wayne Wong - Smoke and Blue in the Face, was the screenwriter and director of the film Lulu on the Bridge. His second work as a scriptwriter and film director was in 2007 in the film The Inner Life of Martin Frost.
As much of Auster’s fiction explores ideas of the self and often features the author in variously explicit and veiled incarnations critics frequently speculated on the extent to which he employed elements of autobiography. The biography of the protagonist of Invisible (2009), for example, closely resembles Auster’s own, but the high drama of the plot which delves into murder and incest is clearly fictional. Though expressly nonfiction, the pointedly unstudied and fragmentary Winter Journal (2012) was written in the second person and comprised self-reflective meditations interspersed with enumerations of Auster’s experiences, preferences, and travels. A companion volume, Report from the Interior (2013), arrayed a similarly eclectic selection of anecdotes alongside deeper analyses of some of his cinematic influences and a selection of letters exchanged with his ex-wife, writer Lydia Davis.
Auster’s first novel in seven years, 4 3 2 1, was published in 2017.
(Taut, densely lyrical, and everywhere informed by a power...)2007
(Sinuously constructed in four interlocking parts, Paul Au...)2009
(A man's obsession with a silent-film star sends him on a ...)2002
(On January 3, 2011, exactly one month before his sixty-fo...)2012
(Set during the American financial recession in 2008, the ...)2010
(Day/Night brings together two metaphysical novels that mi...)2013
(Moving at the breathless pace of a thriller, this uniquel...)1987
(The Red Notebook brings together in one volume all of Pau...)1995
(Walter Claireborne Rawley, renowned nationwide as "Walt t...)1994
(Nearly two weeks early, on March 3, 1947, in the maternit...)2017
(A remarkably candid, and often surprisingly dramatic, inv...)2017
(Several months into his recovery from a near-fatal illnes...)2003
(Hand to Mouth: A Chronicle of Early Failure is a fascinat...)1997
(Marco Stanley Fogg is an orphan, a child of the sixties, ...)1989
(This novel follows Jim Nashe who, after squandering an un...)1990
(This collection highlights some of the very best verse th...)1982
(Someone's trying to kill former baseball star George Chap...)1984
(After a meeting at an Australian literary festival brough...)2013
(In a distant and unsettling future, Anna Blume is on a mi...)1987
(Seventy-two-year-old August Brill is recovering from a ca...)2008
(An unconventional story it is, involving a lost wallet, a...)1990
(An essential collection from one of the finest thinkers a...)2005
(A slim volume of poems, most of which first appeared in t...)1980
(It is a memoir, established Auster’s reputation as a majo...)1982
("Six days ago, a man blew himself up by the side of a roa...)1992
(The stories in this book were submitted by listeners of N...)2001
(The Red Notebook is a collection of autobiographical sket...)1992
(An old man awakens, disoriented, in an unfamiliar chamber...)2007
(Paul Auster's most intimate autobiographical work to date...)2013
(A collection of poetry and prose from Paul Auster. The bo...)1991
(This is the story of Paul Auster's typewriter. The typewr...)2002
(Nathan Glass has come to Brooklyn to die. Divorced, estra...)2005
(Mr. Bones, the canine hero of Paul Auster's astonishing n...)1999
Paul Auster is negative about Trump's politics. He considers the United States as a racist country in a greater degree cause of president Donald Trump. He thinks that America is getting to that point that the whole political system is broken. He's eschewing the election night parties, choosing instead to watch at home. And Trump's speeches sometimes seem to Paul similar to Hitler's.
Auster weds commercial genres to serious investigation of identity, free will and fate, spirituality, and, lately, love. His writing has always shown tenderness for people at the margins of cultures or torn between two cultures - from the poor in the consumption-mad United States to Americans who have metaphysical affinities with the Asian cultures (Moon Palace and Lulu on the Bridge).
Throughout his career, Auster has borrowed from the world’s most culturally diverse literary corpus, including medieval and Renaissance quest, quest-romance, and quest-epic forms that by the early modern period had absorbed tales from Christian, Arabic, and Mediterranean sources for many centuries. He also admires parody forms such as Don Quixote and Orlando Furioso.
Edgar Allan Poe, Samuel Beckett, and Nathaniel Hawthorne have also had a strong influence on Auster's writing. Auster has specifically referred to characters from Poe and Hawthorne in his novels, for example, William Wilson in City of Glass or Hawthorne's Fanshawe in The Locked Room, both from The New York Trilogy.
"Becoming a writer is not a "career decision" like becoming a doctor or a policeman. You don't choose it so much as get chosen, and once you accept the fact that you're not fit for anything else, you have to be prepared to walk a long, hard road for the rest of your days."
"I always feel like a beginner and I'm continually running into the same difficulties, the same blocks, the same despairs. You make so many mistakes as a writer, cross out so many bad sentences and ideas, discard so many worthless pages, that finally what you learn is how stupid you are. It's a humbling occupation."
“Reading was my escape and my comfort, my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it, for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an author's words reverberating in your head.”
"There's hope for everyone. That's what makes the world go round."
"For me, a paragraph in a novel is a bit like a line in a poem. It has its own shape, its own music, its own integrity."
"We all die, we all get sick, we all feel hunger and lust and pain, and therefore human life is consistent from one generation to the other. We all - most of us, anyway - want connections with other people and spend our lives looking for them."
"If you're not ready for everything, you're not ready for anything."
"I really, truly believe that writing comes out of the body; of course, the mind is working as well, but it's a double thing and that doubleness is united. I mean, you can't separate persona from psyche; you just can't do it."
"The kind of fiction I'm trying to write is about telling the truth."
"I'm living in the present, thinking about the past, hoping for the future."
"Money's important. Everyone cares about money. And when you don't have money, money becomes the overriding obsession of your life."
Paul Auster was a member of the Official Competition jury at the 50th Cannes International Film Festival in 1997, at the 53rd Venice International Film Festival in 1996, and at the 55th annual San Sebastian International Film Festival in 2007.
He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Paul Auster is not a man deeply interested in technology. It eludes him. He likes the sound a typewriter makes. Keyboards have always intimidated him. He has never been able to think clearly with his fingers in that position. A pen is a much more primitive instrument for him.
He is also obsessive about hygiene.
Quotes from others about the person
“"I love how much he loves people. That is clear in every word, every line, every page, every punch of his typewriter keys, his huge heart for all kinds of people amid the incomprehensible totality of life, and the worthwhile effort of writing to understand bits of it." - Paul Nugent”
Paul Auster married to Lydia Davis in 1974. They have one son together, Daniel Auster. They divorced in 1977.
In 1981 Auster married to Siri Hustvedt. They have one daughter, Sophie Auster.