Paul Auster was born on February 3 in Newark, New Jersey, USA in 1947.
Paul Auster has put his mind to writing novels, essays and poems and has been a translator.
He has even tried his hand at directing movies.(Smoke, Blue in the Face and Lulu on the Bridge).
Auster moved to Weequahic with his mother and his sister after his parents divorced.
Auster spent four years in France translating French literature.
Auster's works are mainly concerned with the search for identity and personal meaning.
This may come from his time in France where existentialism has its roots.
Many of his books are about writers searching for clues as to the identity of criminals.
The Book of Illusions looks into the life of a retired silent movie actor as he faces life without his wife and two sons, killed in a plane crash.
The Brooklyn Follies is about a man who is at the end of his tether but finds comfort in rediscovered relationships
Book Review:Paul Auster - The Book of IllusionsDavid Zimmer had swathes in alcoholic abuse for six months after his wife and two young sons were killed in a plane crash.
A chance sighting of an old silent movie entrances him and he becomes obsessed with the life of the actor, Hector Mann.
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Book Review:Paul Auster - The Brooklyn FolliesNathan Glass has given up on life.
It offers him nothing, so he decides to finish it via Brooklyn Bridge.
Whilst casing the 'bridge; he stumbles across a long-lost nephew in a bookshop and the pattern of life seems to change.