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Second work of memoir from Auster
12.12.11 | Benedicte Page
Faber is to publish Winter Journal, a second work of memoir by American writer Paul Auster, in September 2012.
In Auster's début work The Invention of Solitude, first published in 1982, he wrote about his late father. By contrast, Winter Journal will concentrate on Auster's mother, including her struggle as a single mother after divorce, the short-lived love she found late in life, her troubled later years, and the anxiety attacks Auster suffered in the face of her death.
The memoir will also include a random series of memories from Auster's own life grasped from the point of view of his life now, including taking part in the anti-Vietnam demonstrations at Columbia University, almost killing his second wife—novelist Siri Hustvedt—and their child in a car accident, as well as falling in and out of love with his first wife, writer Lydia Davis.
Faber said: "Winter Journal is a wonderful work in which Auster's signature prose allows the events flow effortlessly from one to the other, with page-turning momentum."