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Travels in the Scriptorium

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ISBN : 0571266754
Pages : 144 pages
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Download Free Travels in the Scriptorium PDF by Paul Auster Full Book and published by Faber & Faber. This book was released on 2010-11-25 with total page 144 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: An old man sits in a room, with a single door and window, a bed, a desk and a chair. Each day he awakes with no memory, unsure of whether or not he is locked into the room. Attached to the few objects around him are one-word, hand-written labels, and on the desk is a series of vaguely familiar black-and-white photographs and four piles of paper. Then a middle-aged woman called Anna enters and talks of pills and treatment, but also of love and promises. Who is this Mr Blank, and what is his fate? What does Anna represent from his past - and will he have enough time to ever make sense of the clues that arise? After the huge success of The Brooklyn Follies, his new novel sees Auster return to the metaphysical territory familiar from his enormously influential The New York Trilogy. A dark puzzle, and a game that implicates both reader and writer alike, Travels in the Scriptorium is a mind-altering exploration of language, responsibility and the passage of time. 'Travels in the Scriptorium returns to . . . the nihilistic gaiety of Beckett (in particular Krapp) or the sub-dermal violence of Pinter.' New Statesman

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Travels in the Scriptorium

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ISBN : 1429904674
Pages : 160 pages
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Download Free Travels in the Scriptorium PDF by Paul Auster Full Book and published by Henry Holt and Company. This book was released on 2007-01-23 with total page 160 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A man pieces together clues to his past—and the identity of his captors—in this fantastic, labyrinthine novel An old man awakens, disoriented, in an unfamiliar chamber. With no memory of who he is or how he has arrived there, he pores over the relics on the desk, examining the circumstances of his confinement and searching his own hazy mind for clues. Determining that he is locked in, the man—identified only as Mr. Blank—begins reading a manuscript he finds on the desk, the story of another prisoner, set in an alternate world the man doesn't recognize. Nevertheless, the pages seem to have been left for him, along with a haunting set of photographs. As the day passes, various characters call on the man in his cell—vaguely familiar people, some who seem to resent him for crimes he can't remember—and each brings frustrating hints of his identity and his past. All the while an overhead camera clicks and clicks, recording his movements, and a microphone records every sound in the room. Someone is watching. Both chilling and poignant, Travels in the Scriptorium is vintage Auster: mysterious texts, fluid identities, a hidden past, and, somewhere, an obscure tormentor. And yet, as we discover during one day in the life of Mr. Blank, his world is not so different from our own.

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Melancholy and the Archive

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ISBN : 1441152164
Pages : 224 pages
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Download Free Melancholy and the Archive PDF by Jonathan Boulter Full Book and published by A&C Black. This book was released on 2011-05-19 with total page 224 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Melancholy and the Archive examines how trauma, history and memory are represented in key works of major contemporary writers such as David Mitchell, Paul Auster, Haruki Murakami and Jose Saramago. The book explores how these authors construct crucial relationships between sites of memory-the archive becomes a central trope here-and the self that has been subjected to various traumas, various losses. The archive-be it a bureaucratic office (Saramago), an underground bunker (Auster), a geographical space or landscape (Mitchell) or even a hole (Murakami)-becomes the means by which the self attempts to preserve and conserve his or her sense of history even as the economy of trauma threatens to erase the grounds of such preservation: as the subject or self is threatened so the archive becomes a festishized site wherein history is housed, accommodated, created, even fabricated. The archive, in Freudian terms, becomes a space of melancholy precisely as the subject preserves not only a personal history or a culture's history, but also the history of the traumas that necessitates the creation of the archive as such.

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Paul Auster's Writing Machine

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ISBN : 1623560810
Pages : 256 pages
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Download Free Paul Auster's Writing Machine PDF by Evija Trofimova Full Book and published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA. This book was released on 2014-08-28 with total page 256 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Paul Auster is one of the most acclaimed figures in American literature. Known primarily as a novelist, Auster's films and various collaborations are now gaining more recognition. Evija Trofimova offers a radically different approach to the author's wider body of work, unpacking the fascinating web of relationships between his texts and presenting Auster's canon as a rhizomatic facto-fictional network produced by a set of writing tools. Exploring Auster's literal and figurative use of these tools – the typewriter, the cigarette, the doppelgänger figure, the city – Evija Trofimova discovers Auster's “writing machine”, a device that works both as a means to write and as a construct that manifests the emblematic writer-figure. This is a book about assembling texts and textual networks, the writing machines that produce them, and the ways such machines invest them with meaning. Embarking on a scholarly quest that takes her from between the lines of Auster's work to between the streets of his beloved New York and finally to the man himself, Paul Auster's Writing Machine becomes not just a critical investigation but a critical collaboration, raising important questions about the ultimate meaning of Auster's work, and about the relationship between texts, their authors, their readers and their critics.

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Day/Night

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Publisher : Picador
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ISBN : 1250045045
Pages : 336 pages
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Download Free Day/Night PDF by Paul Auster Full Book and published by Picador. This book was released on 2013-11-05 with total page 336 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ONE VOLUME, TWO EXISTENTIAL CLASSICS BY BESTSELLING NOVELIST PAUL AUSTER Day/Night brings together two metaphysical novels that mirror each other and are meant to be read in tandem: two men, each confined to a room, one suddenly alert to his existence, the other desperate to escape into sleep. In Travels in the Scriptorium (2007), elderly Mr. Blank wakes in an unfamiliar cell, with no memory of who he is or how he got there. He must use the few objects he finds and the information imparted by the day's string of visitors to cobble together an idea of his identity. In Man in the Dark (2008), another old man, August Brill, suffering from insomnia, struggles to push away thoughts of painful personal losses by imagining what might have been. Who are we? What is real and not real? How does the political intersect with the personal? After great loss, why are some of us unable to go on? "One of America's greats"* and "a descendant of Kafka and Borges,"** Auster explores in these two small masterpieces some of our most pressing philosophical concerns. *Time Out (Chicago) **Booklist

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Paul Auster and the Influence of Maurice Blanchot

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Publisher : McFarland
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ISBN : 1476624909
Pages : 176 pages
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Download Free Paul Auster and the Influence of Maurice Blanchot PDF by María Laura Arce Full Book and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2016-04-05 with total page 176 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Poet, writer and filmmaker Paul Auster is one of the great contributors to American postmodern literature. Influenced by authors like Poe and the hardboiled detective stories of the 1950s, Auster’s novels represented a new genre of “anti-detective fiction,” in which the case itself loses direction and is overshadowed by existential questions. Analyzing three of his novels—Ghosts (1986), The Music of Chance (1990) and Mr. Vertigo (1994)—this critical study explores the intertextual relationship between Auster’s work and the oeuvre of French writer and critic Maurice Blanchot. The author explores Auster’s work as a fictionalization of Blanchot’s concept of inspiration and the construction of imaginary space.

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Ghost Writing in Contemporary American Fiction

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Publisher : Springer
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ISBN : 1137410248
Pages : 224 pages
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Download Free Ghost Writing in Contemporary American Fiction PDF by David Coughlan Full Book and published by Springer. This book was released on 2016-11-05 with total page 224 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book examines representations of the specter in American twentieth and twenty-first-century fiction. David Coughlan’s innovative structure has chapters on Paul Auster, Don DeLillo, Toni Morrison, Marilynne Robinson, and Philip Roth alternating with shorter sections detailing the significance of the ghost in the philosophy of Jacques Derrida, particularly within the context of his 1993 text, Specters of Marx. Together, these accounts of phantoms, shadows, haunts, spirit, the death sentence, and hospitality provide a compelling theoretical context in which to read contemporary US literature. Ghost Writing in Contemporary American Fiction argues at every stage that there is no self, no relation to the other, no love, no home, no mourning, no future, no trace of life without the return of the specter—that is, without ghost writing.

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Cityscapes of the Future

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ISBN : 9004361316
Pages : 232 pages
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Download Free Cityscapes of the Future PDF by Full Book and published by BRILL. This book was released on 2018-02-27 with total page 232 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Cityscapes of the Future: Urban Spaces in Science Fiction examines the central role played by urban spaces in science fictional narratives in diverse media from the literary to the ludic to cinematic.

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The City Since 9/11

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ISBN : 1611477190
Pages : 302 pages
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Download Free The City Since 9/11 PDF by Keith Wilhite Full Book and published by Rowman & Littlefield. This book was released on 2016-03-04 with total page 302 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book analyzes post-9/11 literature, film, and television through an interdisciplinary lens, taking into account contemporary debates about spatial practices, gentrification, cosmopolitanism, memory and history, nostalgia, the uncanny and the abject, postmodern virtuality, the politics of realism, and the economic and social life of cities. Featuring an international group of scholars, the volume theorizes how literary and visual representations expose the persistent conflicts that arise as cities rebuild in the shadow of past ruins.

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A Life in Words

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Publisher : Seven Stories Press
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ISBN : 1609807782
Pages : 304 pages
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Download Free A Life in Words PDF by Paul Auster Full Book and published by Seven Stories Press. This book was released on 2017-10-03 with total page 304 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: An inside look into Paul Auster's art and craft, the inspirations and obsessions, mesmerizing and dramatic in turn. A remarkably candid, and often surprisingly dramatic, investigation into one writer's art, craft, and life, A Life in Words is rooted in three years of dialogue between Auster and Professor I. B. Siegumfeldt, starting in 2011, while Siegumfeldt was in the process of launching the Center for Paul Auster Studies at the University of Copenhagen. It includes a number of surprising disclosures, both concerning Auster's work and about the art of writing generally. It is a book that's full of surprises, unscripted yet amounting to a sharply focused portrait of the inner workings of one of America's most productive and successful writers, through all twenty-one of Auster's narrative works and the themes and obsessions that drive them.

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The Sublime Today

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Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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ISBN : 1443845159
Pages : 225 pages
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Download Free The Sublime Today PDF by Gillian B. Pierce Full Book and published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. This book was released on 2013-01-04 with total page 225 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Sublime Today considers contemporary applications of aesthetic philosophy and earlier theories of the sublime from Longinus, Boileau, Burke, Kant, and Hegel to current literary and cultural contexts. Today, aesthetic experience itself seems to be changing, given the rise of new media and new conditions for the viewing and the reception of works of art. How might the rhetoric of the sublime be used to both describe our current situation and help formulate constructive responses to it? The Sublime Today collects the work of scholars in literature, film, art, and media studies and provides a forum for investigating the contemporary relevance of the sublime, both as it has been understood historically and as it has been formulated by more recent theorists such as Jameson, Lyotard, Kristeva, and others. The volume includes essays on literary readings of the sublime in Coetze, Eggers, Lahiri, and Auster; essays on film and the visual arts in the work of François Ozon and in recent participatory art; and essays on how new technologies and media, as in media representations of 9/11, re-frame our relationship to the aesthetics of the sublime, especially as they intersect with questions of gender, the postcolonial, and the uneasy politics of terror.

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Narrative Framing in Contemporary American Novels

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ISBN : 1443893315
Pages : 190 pages
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Download Free Narrative Framing in Contemporary American Novels PDF by Sławomir Studniarz Full Book and published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. This book was released on 2017-05-11 with total page 190 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This volume examines a range of novels and novellas published over the course of nearly forty years, from 1968 to 2014, including E.L. Doctorow’s Andrew’s Brain, John Gardner’s “The King’s Indian,” Paul Auster’s Travels in the Scriptorium, Peter Straub’s Mr. X, and Joyce Carol Oates’ Expensive People. These texts display one crucial unifying thread: they are doubly-mediated fictions, fictions in parentheses, so to speak. The application of narrative framing and embedding has been commonly acknowledged and abundantly researched in various works belonging to the Western literary heritage. However, its use in the twentieth and twenty-first century fiction has not been adequately explored, perhaps with the exception of the literary creations of such giants as Vladimir Nabokov and John Barth. Despite this critical oversight, narrative frames prove to be a major resource for modern-day novelists, who adapt this literary device and very effectively put it to their own uses. The essays collected in this volume will serve to spark the revival of interest in this time-honored narrative tool, demonstrating its validity for research into more recently created novels.

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Current Research on Language Learning and Teaching

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ISBN : 1443893145
Pages : 301 pages
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Download Free Current Research on Language Learning and Teaching PDF by Azamat Akbarov Full Book and published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. This book was released on 2016-05-11 with total page 301 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This volume represents the first collection of essays on research dedicated to the work of scholars and experts from Bosnia and Herzegovina. It provides programmatic state-of-the-art overviews of current issues in the language sciences and their applications in first, second, and bilingual language acquisition in naturalistic and tutored contexts, and brings together disciplinary perspectives from linguistics, sociolinguistics, language teaching, education and intercultural communication. This book will be of particular interest to anyone wishing to know the value, and the pitfalls, of current research, to understand its various applications for foreign language education in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and to appreciate the qualities of rigor and trustworthiness required to evaluate and interpret current studies in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Indeed, this volume provides an informed perspective on the field’s developments and an insightful analysis of interdisciplinary studies in the country.

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Jackals: The Fall of the Children of Bronze

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ISBN : 147283769X
Pages : 192 pages
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Download Free Jackals: The Fall of the Children of Bronze PDF by John-Matthew DeFoggi Full Book and published by Bloomsbury Publishing. This book was released on 2021-05-27 with total page 192 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: You ask what the Jackals do in the Zaharets. I ask you, what happens if they do nothing? – Nawsi Namar of Orsem Honess, speaking to the Sar of Ameena Noani The Fall of the Children of Bronze is a grand campaign for Jackals, and includes 14 adventures spanning 9 years. Players will explore the ancient myths and legends of the War Road, from the bustling streets of Ameena Noani in the north and Sentem in the south, to abandoned temples in the wastes and mansions deep within the earth. They will encounter beings and powers from the past – ancient but far from dormant – and come face to face with the hidden hand that would the Law of Men torn down and chaos brought to the Zaharets.

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(Re)Visions of History in Language and Fiction

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ISBN : 1443846805
Pages : 395 pages
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Download Free (Re)Visions of History in Language and Fiction PDF by Dorota Guttfeld Full Book and published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. This book was released on 2013-02-21 with total page 395 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In imagining history, one must inevitably rely on its textual representations, whether fictitious or supposedly “objective”, yet always subject to the constraints and conventions of textuality. Still, it is precisely by exploiting and consciously relying on the textual in the presentation of the past that contemporary authors, including politicians and makers of history, strive to provide it with current significance, emotional impact and universal meaning. The study of such attempts benefits from a variety of perspectives, encompassing not only classical, but also popular texts and media. An interdisciplinary collection of papers devoted to the issues of retelling, rewriting, and representation of the past in fiction and various text-types, this volume juxtaposes modern and post-modern understanding of collective versus personal history. The contributors are scholars specializing in literary studies (e.g. postcolonialism and popular fiction), linguistics (e.g. critical discourse analysis) and cultural studies (e.g. media studies), bringing a wide spectrum of theoretical insights into the field. The collection opens with papers on the general changes in viewing history that have occurred since the 19th century. Further papers discuss postcolonial, feminist and gender-related perspectives on history reflected in postmodern fiction, revealing the power struggle around the depiction of the past. The next part of the volume is devoted to the presentation of historical breakthroughs in political and media discourse. Finally, the collection draws attention to some unorthodox visions of history involving alternative worlds and fantastic elements encountered in the genre of speculative fiction.

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Eating Otherwise

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ISBN : 1108416829
Pages : 217 pages
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Download Free Eating Otherwise PDF by Maria Christou Full Book and published by Cambridge University Press. This book was released on 2017-09-28 with total page 217 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 'You are what you eat' is an adage taken seriously as this book uncovers connections between the alimentary and ontological.

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The Seventh Age of Man

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ISBN : 152752681X
Pages : 206 pages
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Download Free The Seventh Age of Man PDF by Muriel Cassel-Piccot Full Book and published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. This book was released on 2019-01-23 with total page 206 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Seventh Age of Man: Issues, Challenges, and Paradoxes is a collection of academic essays on Old Age. The contributors come from a wide range of fields of expertise, which accounts for the originality of the book. Depending on their respective disciplines, the authors resort to various methodological approaches, from sociological case studies to discourse analysis, and from historical and political theories to media criticism, but they often address similar questions – when are people to be considered as old, what does it mean to be old, how do we deal with ageing – and reach similar conclusions about the paradoxical representations of the elderly, whether in Renaissance Europe or in contemporary China. Although men and women are sometimes treated differently, in most societies, the older generation is alternately perceived as a threat and a burden, or as financial and moral support. If they are often criticized or ridiculed, especially when they try to retain their youthful looks long after their prime, the elderly also trigger a feeling of nostalgia as representatives of a past usually seen as more desirable than the present. Their resilience and independence are regularly emphasized, as well as their wisdom, as a result of their long experience, which helps them to contemplate their ends more serenely and which might turn them into models for their contemporaries.