True Tales of American Life

Paul Auster

True Tales of American Life contains 180 short stories of life in America, selected by Paul Auster from his National Public Radio show Weekend All Things Considered.

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Ebook
ISBN
9780571266784
Date Published
25.11.2010
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Summary

Chosen by Paul Auster out of the four thousand stories submitted to his radio programme on National Public Radio, these 180 stories provide a wonderful portrait of America in the twentieth century. The requirement for selection was that each of the stories should be true, and each of the writers should not have been previously published. The collection that has emerged provides a richly varied and authentic voice for the American people, whose lives, loves, griefs, regrets, joys and sense of humour are vividly and honestly recounted throughout, and adeptly organised by Auster into themed sections. The section composed of war stories stretches as far back as the Civil War, still the defining moment in American history; while the sequence of ‘Meditations’ conclude the volume with a true and abiding sense of transcendence.

The resultant anthology is both an enduring hymn to the strange everyday of contemporary American life and a masterclass in the art of storytelling.

PaulAuster

Paul Auster was the bestselling author of¬†4 3 2 1, Sunset Park, The Book of Illusions, Moon Palace¬†and¬†The New York Trilogy. He and Spencer Ostrander collaborated on¬†Bloodbath Nation. In 2006, he was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature. ¬†His other honours include the Prix Medicis √Čtranger for¬†Leviathan, the Independent Spirit Award for the Screenplay of¬†Smoke, the¬†Los Angeles Times¬†Book…

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