What is the most personal work you've ever created? That was among the many questions novelist Paul Auster, known for exploring the paradoxes of identity in the New York Trilogy, "Moon Palace," and his new "Invisible," answered for Big Think this week.
An author closely associated with Brooklyn, Auster traced the arc of his career and the city itself over the many years he's lived there, adding a few predictions about New York's future. He also reminisced about his years abroad in France in the early 1970s and named the aspects of literature that are easiest to lose in translation.
Auster's interview will be posted next Friday.
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