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Book The Book of Illusions

    Book Details:
  • Author : Paul Auster
  • Publisher : Faber & Faber
  • Release : 2008-09-04
  • ISBN : 057124615X
  • Pages : 271 pages

Download or read book The Book of Illusions written by Paul Auster and published by Faber & Faber. This book was released on 2008-09-04 with total page 271 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Book of Illusions, written with breath-taking urgency and precision, plunges the reader into a universe in which the comic and the tragic, the real and the imagined, and the violent and the tender dissolve into one another. One man's obsession with the mysterious life of a silent film star takes him on a journey into a shadow-world of lies, illusions, and unexpected love. After losing his wife and young sons in a plane crash, Vermont professor David Zimmer spends his waking hours mired in grief. Then, watching television one night, he stumbles upon a lost film by silent comedian Hector Mann, and remembers how to laugh . . . Mann was a comic genius, in trademark white suit and fluttering black moustache. But one morning in 1929 he walked out of his house and was never heard from again. Zimmer's obsession with Mann drives him to publish a study of his work; whereupon he receives a letter postmarked New Mexico, supposedly written by Mann's wife, and inviting him to visit the great Mann himself. Can Hector Mann be alive? Zimmer cannot decide - until a strange woman appears on his doorstep and makes the decision for him, changing his life forever. 'A nearly flawless work . . . Auster will be remembered as one of the great writers of our time.' San Francisco Chronicle 'Auster's elegant, finely calibrated The Book of Illusions is a haunting feat of intellectual gamesmanship.' TheNew York Times

Book The Book of Illusions

    Book Details:
  • Author : Paul Auster
  • Publisher : Henry Holt and Company
  • Release : 2009-10-27
  • ISBN : 1466817658
  • Pages : 336 pages

Download or read book The Book of Illusions written by Paul Auster and published by Henry Holt and Company. This book was released on 2009-10-27 with total page 336 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 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. When the book is published the following year, a letter turns up in Zimmer's mailbox bearing a return address from a small town in New Mexico-supposedly written by Hector's wife. "Hector has read your book and would like to meet you. Are you interested in paying us a visit?" Is the letter a hoax, or is Hector Mann still alive? Torn between doubt and belief, Zimmer hesitates, until one night a strange woman appears on his doorstep and makes the decision for him, changing his life forever. This stunning novel plunges the reader into a universe in which the comic and the tragic, the real and the imagined, the violent and the tender dissolve into one another. With The Book of Illusions, one of America's most powerful and original writers has written his richest, most emotionally charged work yet.

Book Wisdom Collection   The Book of Illusion and Reality

Download or read book Wisdom Collection The Book of Illusion and Reality written by Sorin Cerin and published by Amazon. This book was released on 2010-10-10 with total page 764 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: What is reality than an illusion? Sorin Cerin a modern guru of contemporary thinkers brings a new vision about love, life, truth,death and more.Famous quotes about illusions and reality, motivational and inspirational quotes. Life quotes, love quotes, death quotes, all about illusions and reality.

Book Critical Reflections

Download or read book Critical Reflections written by James A. Parr and published by Bucknell University Press. This book was released on 2006 with total page 222 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This volume seeks to explore developments in the study of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spanish literature over the past decade through the prism of a homage volume that recognizes the contributions of James A. Parr. In his groundbreaking 1974 essay in Hispania, he challenged Hispanists to take note of developments in the fields of English and Comparative Studies, not to "jump on the bandwagon," but to explore the emerging approaches to textual study in order to identify and adapt those aspects that could help to illuminate the field. In his own work, Parr followed that advice, with studies that incorporated new approaches to genre theory, narratology, and canonicity in order to explore dramatic and prose texts, and Don Quixote. The studies in this anthology make use of many of Parr's innovations, indicating that his work has had a long-lasting impact on the field of Golden Age Hispanism.

Book The Implosion of Negativity

Download or read book The Implosion of Negativity written by Andreas Hau and published by BoD – Books on Demand. This book was released on 2010 with total page 326 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Dissertation im Fachbereich Nordamerikanische Literatur und Kultur der Universität des Saarlandes. The Implosion of Negativity ist die erste Monografie zu Paul Austers Frühwerk. Bis 1980 betätigte sich Auster zehn Jahre lang fast ausschließlich als Lyriker, um danach nie wieder ein Gedicht zu veröffentlichen. The Implosion of Negativity versucht zu ergründen, wie es zu diesem Bruch kam, und analysiert detailliert Austers poetisches Vorleben. Dabei werden bislang unbeachtete Einflüsse wie Martin Buber und Paul Celan zutage gefördert. Die abschließende Untersuchung von The New York Trilogy zeigt exemplarisch, welche neuen interpretatorischen Ansätze die Kenntnis von Austers vergessenem Frühwerk ermöglicht: Der untote Lyriker wird zum Phantom, das unablässig Austers Romane heimsucht - und antreibt. Die Dissertation The Implosion of Negativity ist in englischer Sprache verfasst. Der Anhang enthält eine deutsche Zusammenfassung, eine umfassende Bibliographie und ein persönliches Interview mit Paul Auster. Englischer Klappentext: For most readers and critics Paul Auster's oeuvre begins with The New York Trilogy, yet his major success as a novelist was preceded by a decade of almost obsessive devotion to poetry. The Implosion of Negativity is the first book-length study of Paul Auster's early work. From his dense, intensely lyric sequences of the early 1970s to the more discursive style of Auster's final book of poems, Facing the Music (1980), and on to his experimental prose of the early eighties, The Implosion of Negativity traces a fascinating journey through the author's formative years. Andreas Hau's dissertation begins with a detailed analysis of Auster's early long poem "Unearth", examines overlooked influences such as Paul Celan and Martin Buber, and continues with Auster's exploration of his Jewish heritage in Wall Writing, his rediscovery of the American objectivists in "Disappearances", and his encounters with the visual arts in Fragments from Cold. Subsequent

Book M C  Escher   6 posters

    Book Details:
  • Author : Christine Traber
  • Publisher :
  • Release : 1993
  • ISBN :
  • Pages : pages

Download or read book M C Escher 6 posters written by Christine Traber and published by . This book was released on 1993 with total page pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

Book Imaginary Films in Literature

Download or read book Imaginary Films in Literature written by and published by BRILL. This book was released on 2015-11-09 with total page 247 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Alternating theoretical essays with case studies, Imaginary Films in Literature focuses on a particular and suggestive form of ekphrasis: the description of imaginary, non-existent movies.

Book Affect and American Literature in the Age of Neoliberalism

Download or read book Affect and American Literature in the Age of Neoliberalism written by Rachel Greenwald Smith and published by Cambridge University Press. This book was released on 2015-04-20 with total page pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Rachel Greenwald Smith's Affect and American Literature in the Age of Neoliberalism examines the relationship between American literature and politics in the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries. Smith contends that the representation of emotions in contemporary fiction emphasizes the personal lives of characters at a time when there is an unprecedented, and often damaging, focus on the individual in American life. Through readings of works by Paul Auster, Karen Tei Yamashita, Ben Marcus, Lydia Millet, and others who stage experiments in the relationship between feeling and form, Smith argues for the centrality of a counter-tradition in contemporary literature concerned with impersonal feelings: feelings that challenge the neoliberal notion that emotions are the property of the self.

Book The Holy Book of Illusion

Download or read book The Holy Book of Illusion written by Jessica Dolin and published by Trafford Publishing. This book was released on 2002 with total page 140 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: My descent into mania. This book contains my thoughts, beliefs, and feelings during the time of my illness. This book is not a memoir, it is written as it happened. It is interspersed with journal entries from my father. This book may be offensive to some readers, but remember, this is a true account of what happens to my mind while suffering mania.

Book Postmodern Counternarratives

Download or read book Postmodern Counternarratives written by Christopher Donovan and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2005-02-10 with total page 259 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book provides a wide-ranging discussion of realism, postmodernism, literary theory and popular fiction before focusing on the careers of four prominent novelists. Despite wildly contrasting ambitions and agendas, all four grow progressively more sympathetic to the expectations of a mainstream literary audience, noting the increasingly neglected yet archetypal need for strong explanatory narrative even while remaining wary of its limitations, presumptions, and potential abuses. Exploring novels that manage to bridge the gap between accessible storytelling and literary theory, this book shows how contemporary authors reconcile values of posmodern literary experimentation and traditional realism.

Book Paul Auster s Writing Machine

Download or read book Paul Auster s Writing Machine written by Evija Trofimova and published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA. This book was released on 2014-08-28 with total page 256 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Paul Auster is one of the most acclaimed figures in American literature. Known primarily as a novelist, Auster's films and various collaborations are now gaining more recognition. Evija Trofimova offers a radically different approach to the author's wider body of work, unpacking the fascinating web of relationships between his texts and presenting Auster's canon as a rhizomatic facto-fictional network produced by a set of writing tools. Exploring Auster's literal and figurative use of these tools – the typewriter, the cigarette, the doppelgänger figure, the city – Evija Trofimova discovers Auster's “writing machine”, a device that works both as a means to write and as a construct that manifests the emblematic writer-figure. This is a book about assembling texts and textual networks, the writing machines that produce them, and the ways such machines invest them with meaning. Embarking on a scholarly quest that takes her from between the lines of Auster's work to between the streets of his beloved New York and finally to the man himself, Paul Auster's Writing Machine becomes not just a critical investigation but a critical collaboration, raising important questions about the ultimate meaning of Auster's work, and about the relationship between texts, their authors, their readers and their critics.

Book Shakespeare and the Idea of the Book

Download or read book Shakespeare and the Idea of the Book written by Charlotte Scott and published by OUP Oxford. This book was released on 2007-03-29 with total page 224 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The 'book' - both material and metaphoric - is strewn throughout Shakespeare's plays: it is held by Hamlet as he turns through revenge to madness; buried deep in the mudded ooze by Prospero when he has shaken out his art like music and violence; it is forced by Richard II to withstand the mortality of deposition, fetishised by lovers, tormented by pedagogues, lost by kings, written by the alienated, and hung about war with the blood of lost voices. The 'book' begins and ends Shakespeare's dramatic career as change itself, standing the distance between violence and hope, between holding and losing. Shakespeare and the Idea of the Book is about the book in Shakespeare's plays. Focusing on seven plays, not only for the chronology and range they present, but also for their particular relationship to the book - whether it is political or humanist, cognitive or illusory, satirical or sexual, spiritual or secular, social or subjective - Scott argues that the book on stage, its literal and semantic presence, offers one of the most articulate and developed hermeneutic tools available for the study of early modern English culture.

Book The Little Giant Book of Optical Illusions

Download or read book The Little Giant Book of Optical Illusions written by Keith Kay and published by Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.. This book was released on 1997 with total page 356 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Publisher Description

Book A Life in Words

Download or read book A Life in Words written by Paul Auster and published by Seven Stories Press. This book was released on 2017-10-03 with total page 361 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: An inside look into Paul Auster's art and craft, the inspirations and obsessions, mesmerizing and dramatic in turn. 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.

Book Collected Prose

Download or read book Collected Prose written by Paul Auster and published by Picador. This book was released on 2010-06-22 with total page 528 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: An essential collection from one of the finest thinkers and stylists in contemporary letters. The celebrated author of The New York Trilogy, The Book of Illusions, and Oracle Night 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." (Financial Times Magazine London) Ranging in subject from Sir Walter Raleigh to Kafka, Nathaniel Hawthorne to the high-wire artist Philippe Petit, conceptual artist Sophie Calle to Auster's own typewriter, the World Trade Center catastrophe to his beloved New York City itself, Collected Prose records the passions and insights of a writer who "will be remembered as one of the great writers of our time" (San Francisco Chronicle).

Book Narrative Care  Biopolitics and the Novel

Download or read book Narrative Care Biopolitics and the Novel written by Arne De Boever and published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA. This book was released on 2013-03-28 with total page 192 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: If the September 11 terror attacks opened up an era of crises and exceptions of which we are yet to see the end, it is perhaps not surprising that care has emerged in the early twenty-first century as a key political issue. This book approaches contemporary narratives of care through the lens of a growing body of theoretical writings on biopolitics. Through close-readings of J.M. Coetzee's Slow Man, Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, Paul Auster's The Book of Illusions, and Tom McCarthy's Remainder, it seeks to reframe debates about realism in the novel ranging from Ian Watt to Zadie Smith as engagements with the novel's biopolitical origins: its relation to pastoral care, the camps, and the welfare state. Within such an understanding of the novel, what possibilities for a critical aesthetics of existence does the contemporary novel include?

Book Beyond Cognitive Metaphor Theory

Download or read book Beyond Cognitive Metaphor Theory written by Monika Fludernik and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2012-03-29 with total page 331 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In this innovative collection, an international group of scholars come together to discuss literary metaphors and cognitive metaphor theory. The volume's goals are three-fold. The first aim of the book is to present some recent approaches to metaphor which have no immediate connection with cognitive metaphor theory and have developed independently of it. While the cognitive approach has become the leading paradigm in the English speaking world, elsewhere (in Europe) rhetorical, semantic, and logical models have remained in use and continue to be elaborated. These models have so far had little international exposure. Their inclusion in this study is meant to provide a balance to the cognitive paradigm and to open up a possible discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of cognitive metaphor theory for the analysis of literary texts. The second aim of the collection is to illustrate a range of successful applications of the new cognitive models to literary texts. And, the third aim of the study is to provide an assessment of cognitive metaphor theory from a literary point of view.