Reading the City: The concept of language in Paul Austers City of Glass.pdf

Reading the City: The concept of language in Paul Austers City of Glass

Sebastian Bohl

Seminar paper from the year 2008 in the subject English - Literature, Works, grade: 2, University of Constance, course: Hauptseminar - History, Theory, Practise of Reading , language: English, abstract: Hunger, chance, disappearance and solitude are the central themes of Austers fiction.1 Sometimes these themes are easy to detect but in their core more complex as they seem to be on first sight.
With the New York Trilogy Paul Auster has created a powerful and deep going tripartite work which made him popular all over the world. In 1989, he received the Prix France Culture de Littérature Étrangère for this, his first novella and many other prices followed for other works he has published until now.
City of Glass2 deals with reality and coincidence - failure and identity in the frame of a detective story. It was a wrong number that started it3 is the first sentence the reader detects when one begins to read the novel. A story about a writer named Quinn that used to be a quite talented writer. After he had lost his wife and son, he publishes detective stories under the pseudonym William Wilson. Isolated from his fellow humans Quinn gets involved into a sequence of events marked by chance and solitude. He accepts to work on a case as a detective after he had received a strange phone call asking for Paul Auster the famous detective. Quinn accepts the case and from now on works under the name of Paul Auster. Him and the caller Peter Stillman meet and Quinn gets to know the details of his work - he is to protect Peter from his father Mr. Stillman senior who as Peters wife thinks is planning to kill his son. This marks the beginning of Quinns long journey through New York City.
1 Dennis Barone: Beyond the Red Notebook,University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia 1995, S.2
2 Auster, Paul: The New York Trilogy, Faber and Faber Limited, London 1987
3 Zit. Auster, Paul: The New York Trilogy, Faber and Faber Limited, London 1987 S.3

Bachelor Thesis from the year 2012 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,0, University of Dusseldorf Heinrich Heine (Philosophische Fakultät), language: English, abstract: The topic of this paper is to examine the detective novel City of Glass, published by Paul Auster in 1985, from a psychoanalytical point of view. Best Paul Auster Books (24 books) - Goodreads

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