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‘The ​Red Notebook bears testimony to Auster’s sense of the metaphysical elegance of life and art.’ Literary Review

In this acrobatic and virtuosic collection, Paul Auster traces the compulsion to make literature. In a selection of interviews, as well as in the essay ‘The Red Notebook’ itself, Auster reflects upon his own work, on the need to break down the boundary between living and writing, and on the use of certain genre conventions to penetrate matters of memory and identity.

The Red Notebook both illuminates and undermines our accepted notions about literature, and guides us towards a finer understanding of the dangerously high stakes involved in writing. It also includes Paul Auster’s impassioned essay ‘A Prayer for Salman Rushdie’, as well as a set of striking and bittersweet reminiscences collected under the apposite title, ‘Why Write?’

‘An elegant collection of observations and autobiographical fragments.’ Observer

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