Auster/Tolstoy: Winter Journal

James Meader senses affinities between Auster memoir and Tolstoy's work
Paul Auster, Winter Journal
The Picador Book Room takes a look at the galleys of Paul Auster's new memoir, Winter Journal, and compares a moment in The Inventional of Solitude with Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilych: 'In The Invention of Solitude, it is the death of Paul’s father that urges him to write. In Winter Journal, he writes about the death of his mother, but the focus is more broadly about his own mortality. This book, unlike The Invention of Solitude, has after all been written by a man in his mid-60s, and the sentences carry an honesty that comes from direct experience.' [Read More]

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