Paul Auster remembers the car accident that nearly killed him and his family. It’s one of a series of brushes with death from his new book, "Winter Journal." Auster also recalls dirty fights as a child, sitting next to his mother’s lifeless body as an adult, the crumbling of his first marriage and the slow breakdown of his own body over time. Paul Auster joins us to talk about aging, death and the power of the written word.
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This event features Paul Auster, the bestselling author of Oracle Night, The Book of Illusions, and Timbuktu, I Thought My Father Was God, the NPR National Story Project anthology, which he edited, was also a national bestseller.
His work has been translated into 30 languages. Auster reads from his latest works contributed to the new Granta issue, and is also interviewed by the magazine’s editor, John Freeman.
Paul Auster reads the first chapter of his latest novel, MAN IN THE DARK, a story within a story about a writer and the character he has created to end the war inside his head.
(Running Time: 40:02)