Travels in the Scriptorium If you're new to the slinky pleasures of Paul Auster's fiction, don't start with his new novella Travels in the Scriptorium , as it derives… Travels in the Scriptorium If you're new to the slinky pleasures of Paul Auster's fiction, don't start with his new novella Travels in the Scriptorium , as it derives… 2007-01-23 Fiction Mystery and Thriller Henry Holt & Company
Book Review

Travels in the Scriptorium (2007)

Travels in the Scriptorium, Paul Auster | 'BLANK' VERSE An old man tries to figure out his place in Scriptorium , the newest addition to the Auster universe
'BLANK' VERSE An old man tries to figure out his place in Scriptorium, the newest addition to the Auster universe
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jan 23, 2007; Writer: Paul Auster; Genres: Fiction, Mystery and Thriller; Publisher: Henry Holt & Company

If you're new to the slinky pleasures of Paul Auster's fiction, don't start with his new novella Travels in the Scriptorium, as it derives all of its slow-burning, strange brilliance from at least a passing familiarity with some of the author's previous titles. But do wind up here eventually, because Auster's bleak gamesmanship again reaps its usual spooky, minimalist rewards. An old man called Mr. Blank wakes up in a sterile furnished room, with no memory of the days before, unsure if he's a prisoner or a patient. Who is he? What is this book we're reading? As in other Auster works, the answers — if you can call them that — confound, pleasurably so.

Originally posted Jan 26, 2007 Published in issue #918-919 Feb 02, 2007 Order article reprints
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