The Red Notebook: True Stories

ISBN: 0811214982
ISBN 13: 9780811214988
By: Paul Auster

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About this book

De son Carnet rouge, où il consigne, et même collectionne des événements étranges par leurs coïncidences, Paul Auster dit que " c'est un art poétique sans théorie ". Et comme, dans l'Art de la faim, il a rassemblé essais, textes critiques et réflexions sur Kafka, Hamsun, Celan ou Rushdie, aussi bien que sur des créateurs moins connus de ce côté de l'Atlantique, c'est une véritable géographie de l'oeuvre austérienne qui s'élabore dans le présent volume.

Reader's Thoughts

David Grimaud

THIS IS A short book of anecdotes by Paul Auster. The title infers THE NEW YORK TRILOGY, in which the a red notebook is evoked. This little book is delightful for the true Auster fan like myself. It is like a scrapbook of snapshots into Auster's background. Some of the stories are amazing, defying the laws of chance, including one in which, at the age of fourteen, a fellow camper loses his life in a freak accident, Auster just missing the death stroke. Had Aus

Eric NYOB

A perfect little book in a way. A succession of small incidents. Almost all amusing, only one or two descending into schlock. Like a precursor of Bellatin actually. I might like this the best of any Auster I've read (well this isn't saying much --- I find Auster a bit bare for my taste, like a non-kitsch Murakami). The main problem here is the brevity of the book. I read it in an hour, which was fine, actually ideal, but then it was a library book. If I'd paid $11 for it I might have been slightly unhappy.

Hannah

Oh, Paul Auster! I love this man so much. The simplicity his writing is just beautiful, and the stories themselves- all of which are about extraordinary moments or coincidences- kind of restored my faith in humanity, in fate, in life. It's so wonderful to know that moments like this exist, and that someone has taken the time to recall them. It's rare that I stumble upon a coincidence as profound as some of the ones in this book (Nazi prison guard's daughter falls in love with prisoner's son, a generation later in a completely different country, for example), but I feel inspired to start keeping track of the little ones from now on.

Muhammed Ikbal

Özellikle hikayelerdeki belirsizliklerin unutulmuş olanların gerçeklik hissi uyandırması dikkatimi çekti. Bir anda ortaya çıkan bir belirsizlik bir üç boyutluluk katıyor hikayeye. Ilginç bir deneyim oldu. Bayıldım..

Juan Morán

Todo mundo podría escribir un libro como "El cuaderno rojo", pero no todo mundo podría escribirlo como lo hace Paul Auster. Todos hemos tenido muchas coincidencias en nuestra vida, sin embargo no todos nos ponemos a reflexionar en ellas. Paul Auster se caracteriza en resaltar las coincidencias y hacernos pensar en si suelen ser simples coincidencias o causalidades que marcan nuestro destino. En este opúsculo, se recopilan varias anécdotas que nos hacen meditar en nuestras propias casualidades.

Deanna Schmidt

I had to read this book for my creative writing class over the summer. I didn't expect to enjoy this book. However, I discovered that Auster has a beautifully simple way of writing that makes his stories come to life. Auster's stories are so magical that they almost don't seem real. He can turn an insignificant event into something special. Reading this book had really helped me to write better! I recommend this to writers who are experiencing writers block.

David Russomano

This book contains interesting parts, but they do not add up to an interesting whole. I was very interested at first by all the anecdotes of strange coincidences. But then I got the preface for the anthology of French poetry and became totally bogged down. Really, I see almost no point in reading such a preface WHEN IT'S NOT ATTACHED TO THE RELEVANT BOOK OF POETRY! To whatever extent I found that preface interesting, that interest was betrayed by the fact that I couldn't go on to read any of the poets Auster had just talked about. Instead, I had to turn to a different preface to a different book. I can't say for sure what Auster hoped to achieve by putting these bits together in one volume, but I don't think he achieved what I'd describe as a good book.

Thais

Ecco, "Momenti di trascurabile felicità" di Francesco Piccolo non mi è piaciuto poi molto, ma potendo ruberei quel bel titolo per appiccicarlo a questa raccolta di brevissimi sprazzi di gioia.Auster ci racconta una serie di piccoli segnali dall'universo, accaduti a lui o a persone che ha conosciuto anche solo per pochi minuti.Si tratta di coincidenze assolutamente incredibili e proprio per questo ancor più straordinarie e significative: una monetina ritrovata a chilometri di distanza, un'amicizia finita per colpa di una serie di ruote bucate, persone che si incontrano lontanissimo da casa e scoprono di avere conoscenze in comune, parenti che tornano nelle nostre vite in modi del tutto impensabili, l'idea di scrivere "Città di vetro" nata da una telefonata, una lettera mai spedita che torna al mittente, e così via.Tredici scampoli di meravigliose assurdità che si leggono con il sorriso sulle labbra e una sorta di strana euforia. Sono tutti episodi che potrebbero capitare a chiunque, che magari ci sono anche successi o ci sono stati raccontati ma a cui sul momento non abbiamo fatto troppo caso, e che invece sotto la penna di Auster si trasformano in una collezione di meravigliosi esempi di come la vita riesce sempre a stupirci. Auster afferma che sono tutti veri. È possibile, per quanto incredibile.La nota negativa è che finiscono troppo presto, lasciano la voglia di scoprirne altri, di momenti così. Forse ora tocca a noi farci caso e raccoglierli come perle preziose.Una piccola nota alla traduzione: per il femminile si usa "le", non "gli"...

Jeanette (jema)

A slim red little notebook, just a few stories thrown in, all about this rather remarkable thing we call coincidences, or Chance. It's like a little amuse bouche of Paul Auster and the rest of his work. This is what it tastes like, only a crumble to wet the appetite.

ziba

Kısa, öz, çerezlik bir kitap. İstanbul trafiğinde hızlı bir okuyucunun 1 saatte bitirebileceği ve Paul Auster severlerin çok seveceği bir kitap. Yazarı tanıma şansının yanında gayet ilginç öykülerin yer aldığı hoş bir kitap. "Defter" etkisi büyük gerçekten.

carl caesar

Un conjunto de histórias supuestamente verdaderas escritas por Paul Auster que nos relatan como las casualidades han marcado la vida del autor.El libro se supone un imprescindible para cualquier amante de la literatura de Paul Auster, pero en mi caso, como la primera lectura que hago de sus escritos, me ha parecido algo flojo, ya que no llegó a crearme el apego emocional hacia el libro que espero de la literatura. En mi caso me parecieron histórias inconexas de la vida de Paul, muy bien escritas eso si, pero sin la gracia y el poderío que se le suele presumir al autor.

Alberto Jacobo Baruqui

Una rapida lectura que toma tan solo unas horas. Una serie de 13 historias de posible cuestionamientos y veracidad, pero que ofrecen una lectura agradable y corrida basadas en el enigma del azar y la casualidad. Se presenta como un posible comienzo de Paul Auster a su prolífera cascada de historias (su Trilogía, entre otras) tras la llamada equivocada que recibe y que reincide, y que logra pulsar el gatillo de su imaginación. AJ

Laila

This incredible little book is a collection of almost unbelievable, true "happenstances" that one of my favorite authors compiled. Each vignette, only a few pages, is a story with amazing outcomes, neatly tied up into feel-good endings. I still question the veracity of the whole thing but it is a quick read, wholly satisfying and full of humanity that makes me happy and makes me close my eyes with a smile at each ending.

Michael

Paul Auster es un gran hijo de puta. Escribe historias que tu o yo podriamos haber escrito. Pero que no. Son historias sorprendentes, de coincidencias extraordinarias. Pero Auster las hace perfectamente creibles. Y ahi esta parte de su genio. Con un lenguaje breve, sin pompa, nos lleva directo a las historias. El titulo viene, probablemente, del hecho de que Auster entiende que tal vez las historias puedan parecer falsas, pero no lo son (claro, queda la duda de cual es el caso). Como quien cuenta hechos curiosos de su vida (la de Auster), nos lleva de la mano a historias que se hacen verdaderas. Punto adicional del libro: su brevedad. Aunque algunas de las historias tienen algo de relacion, se pueden leer independientemente las unas de las otras.

Danny Guzmán

Todas las personas son como son una los distintos eventos que han marcado su vida. El Cuaderno Rojo nos explica por qué las historias de Auster son de tal forma y no de otra, además de que ayuda a entender mejor la obra del autor, en el que te das cuenta de que París y Nueva York no son simples ciudades elegidas al azar, sino tiene un profundo significado para el escritor.

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