By Paul Auster
From the writer of "The big apple Trilogy", "Moon Palace" and "The e-book of Illusions", comes a hugely own number of essays, prefaces and low items written for magazines and newspapers. Ranging in topic from Walter Raleigh to Kafka; Hawthorne to high-wire artist Philippe Petit; conceptual artist Sophie Calle to his personal typewriter; and the area alternate middle disaster to his loved manhattan urban itself, Auster monitors his prevalent aptitude, wit and perception.
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