The World that is the Book

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The World that is the Book

Paul Auster’s Fiction

2001

September 1st, 2001

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The World that is the Book offers an in-depth analysis of Paul Auster’s fiction. It explores the rich literary and cultural sources that Auster taps into in order to create compelling stories that investigate the nature of language, the workings of chance, and the individual’s complex relations with the world at large. Whereas most Auster criticism has concentrated on readings of individual novels, this book emphasizes the continuity in Auster’s writing by discussing throughout the philosophical underpinnings that lead the author to question the boundaries separating the fictional from the factual, and the real from the imagined.

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About The Author

Dr Aliki Varvogli is Lecturer in English at the University of Dundee.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
Contents5
Acknowledgments7
List of abbreviations8
Introduction9
1: Legacies29
Yea-Saying36
Nay-Saying59
2: Austerities77
The Unnamable87
A Hunger Artist96
Wall Writing109
3: Realities124
Inventing America132
Exploding Fictions149
Epilogue165
Bibliography174
Index187