Winter Journal

Paul Auster; Read by the author

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From the bestselling novelist and author of The Invention of Solitude, a moving and highly personal meditation on the body, time, and language itself

"That is where the story begins, in your body, and everything will end in the body as well.

Facing his sixty-third winter, internationally acclaimed novelist Paul Auster sits down to write a history of his body and its sensations—both pleasurable and painful.

Thirty years after the publication of The Invention of Solitude, in which he wrote so movingly about fatherhood, Auster gives us a second unconventional memoir in which he writes about his mother's life and death. Winter Journal is a highly personal meditation on the body, time, and memory, by one of our most intellectually elegant writers.

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WINTER JOURNAL (Chapter 1)

You think it will never happen to you, that it cannot happen to you, that you are the only person in the world to whom none of these things will ever happen, and then, one by one, they all begin to happen to you, in the same way they happen to everyone else.

Your bare feet on the cold floor as you climb out of bed and walk to the window. You are six years old. Outside, snow is falling, and the branches of the trees in the backyard are turning white.

Speak now before it is too late, and then hope to go on speaking until there is nothing more to be said.

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Paul Auster in conversation with Paul Holdengräber

Paul Auster in conversation with Paul Holdengräber at The New York Public Library.

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From the bestselling novelist and author of The Invention of Solitude, a moving and highly personal meditation on the body, time, and language itself "That is where the story begins, in your body, and everything will end in the body as well. Facing his sixty-third winter, internationally acclaimed novelist Paul Auster sits down to write a history of his body and its sensations—both pleasurable and painful. Thirty years after the publication of The Invention of Solitude, in which he wrote so movingl

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Paul Auster discusses and reads an excerpt from Winter Journal on Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

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“Auster’s memoir courses gracefully over ground that is frequently rough, jarring and painful . . . But there are summery memories, as well. . . . Some of the loveliest sentences in the text—and there are many—are illuminated by love. . . . A consummate professional explores the attic of his life, converting rumination to art.” – Kirkus (starred review)

“Paul Auster’s narration quickly engages the listener as he shares this very personal examination of his life. He effectively modulates pitch and tone as he recounts milestones and victories with an audible smile and sadly reflects upon tragedies and losses. His pacing varies appropriates from brisk to pensive, and his pleasing baritone adds an extra layer of richness to the presentation. Listeners familiar with the author’s previous body of work will recognize his trademark quirkiness and highly individual style…Hearing these reminiscences and musings in the author’s own voice enhances the intimacy and authenticity of this enjoyable listening experience.” – AudioFile Magazine


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Paul Auster; Read by the author

Paul Auster is the bestselling author of Sunset Park, Invisible, Man in the Dark, The Book of Illusions, and The New York Triology, among many other works. His books have been translated into forty-three languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Winter Journal
Paul Auster; Read by the author

Unabridged Compact Disc

Unabridged  Compact Disc
Macmillan Audio
August 2012
Unabridged Compact Disc
ISBN: 9781427225764
ISBN10: 1427225761
Audio Run Time: 7:00
$29.99

Unabridged Digital Audio

Unabridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
August 2012
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427225771
ISBN10: 142722577X
Audio Run Time: 7:00
$14.99

Hardcover

Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co.
August 2012
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805095531
ISBN10: 0805095535
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 240 pages
$26.00

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Trade Paperback
Picador
December 2013
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250009098
ISBN10: 125000909X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 240 pages
$15.00

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Henry Holt and Co.
August 2012
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9780805095562
ISBN10: 080509556X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 240 pages
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