Karslieva D.

The structural integrity of Paul Auster’s “The New York Trilogy”

Abstract: 

This article explores the issues of structural integrity in “The New York Trilogy” of the contemporary American writer Paul Auster, whose postmodern art attitudes are implemented in the text. The artistic unity of the trilogy is determined by the events that happen to the characters, allegedly for no reason. In “The New York Trilogy” narrative, the dynamic interaction and interpenetration of its structural components creates a special integrity of this postmodern work, where the fragmentation and discontinuity of disparate techniques are synthesized into a unity. In the trilogy, its essayistic nature acts as a specific way of understanding reality and man. The trilogy immerses the reader into the world of lost individuals in a ruined city, where the language is useless and vain. The inclusion of autobiographical elements in the trilogy shows the similar features of the formation of “pure simulacrum”. Our study of the trilogy focuses on the author's identity and his search. Auster sequentially examines the image of man, comprehending the surrounding reality through the prism of the self. The novelist reveals the failure of communication between reality and its fictional embodiment, which is complicated by simulacra and simulations. He investigates the heart of the problem – “a holistic view of reality” in the postmodern world.

Key words: 

postmodernism, novel, storytelling, artistic integrity, autobiography, self-identity, essay, simulacrum.

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