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The Invention of Solitude

The Invention of Solitude
Author: Paul Auster
ISBN 13: 9780143112228
ISBN 10: 143112228
Edition: Revised
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 2007-01-30
Format: Paperback
Pages: 192
List Price: $15.00

Paul Auster's book starts with an event at once ordinary and unique. . .His father, after a divorce and 15 years of living alone in a big house in New Jersey, 'in the best of health, not even old, with no history of illness,' suddenly died. . . .It overwhelmed [Paul] not only with shock but also with a desperate need to examine at last his memory of the man who had been his father . . . .Solitude starts with. . .Auster's urge to save his father's life from vanishing along with his father. It leads initially to an evocation of his father's conduct and oddities, a reconstruction made of remembered scraps and impressions.—The New York Times

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...Integrates heart and intellect, sensation and speculation.