PAUL AUSTER’S « THE INVENTION OF SOLITUDE»: PECULIARITIES OF THE GENRE

Abstract: 

The article describes Paul Auster’s first published book The Invention of Solitude (1982) which became, in a surprising leap of creative insight, his seminal work blending personal memoirs with artistic doctrine. The book is divided in two parts to accentuate the intertwining of fact and fiction so characteristic of the memoir genre. The factuality of the first part is emphasized by newspaper stories and personal letters merged into the narrative. The second part of the book turns about to question the credibility of memory, and the author’s meditations on the mental recovery of one’s past impressions evolve into a discussion of the mechanisms underlying the creation of a fictional text. 

Key words: 

Paul Auster, genre, memoirs, fictional text, metaficton.

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