Auster's Son May Explain Some Literary Darkness

In the latest Eclectica Magazine, Andie Miller writes on several elements surrounding Paul Auster’s life, chiefly his father and son, as a possible explaination for dark elements in Auster’s most recent prose. Miller writes:

In 1979, Auster concluded his Portrait of an Invisible Man, of his father, with these words:

“Past two in the morning. An overflowing ashtray, an empty coffee cup, and the cold of early spring. An image of Daniel now, as he lies upstairs in his crib asleep. To end with this.

“To wonder what he will make of these pages when he is old enough to read them.

“And the image of his sweet and ferocious little body, as he lies upstairs in his crib asleep. To end with this.”

It was these words that touched me, and made me curious to investigate what had become of this little boy. Now I am filled with a profound sense of sadness.

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Jeff Grim

Jeff Grim has been a reader all of his life. He has had a particular interest in military history, any war at any time. His fascination with military history has brought him to an interest in historical fiction where the history comes alive with fictitious heroes and villains. Recently, Jeff has become interested in historical mysteries set in various time periods.

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