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Listen carefully, and perhaps you will learn something. In his little speech to Alice, Humpty Dumpty sketches the future of human hopes and gives the clue to our salvation: to become masters of the words we speak, to make language answer our needs. Humpty Dumpty was a prophet, a man who spoke truths the world was not ready for. Paul Auster's "The New York Trilogy" as Postmodern Detective Fiction (English abstract of a thesis by Matthias Kugler)

Nestling among the main plots in his novels are sudden bursts of playful imagination: minor characters are imbued with whole biographies; the tale of how Blue Stone Ranch got its name in The Book of Illusions turns out to be thematically related to the whole book. Whenever Auster senses a gap in the conversation, he eagerly fills it with historical anecdotes, discussing the lives of such relative unknowns as Emma Lazarus, the author of the poem on the Statue of Liberty, or, indeed, Hawthorne's baby son Julian. "Oh, you really must hear this!" he says, happily launching into the tale of Hawthorne and Poe's friendship. Sophie had originally lived in my apartment, but moved to a larger one, when it became available, which left a vacancy that I agreed to fill.We encounter the narrator, a writer by profession, navigating the choppy waters of passion and commitment, forever brooding on an entire range of topics: life and death, self and other, childhood and memory, friendship and fatherhood, love and hate, reading and writing, self-definition and self-identity. The plots of Auster's books also resemble each other: private detectives and characters disappearing and changing their names are some recurring features. All are instruments for exploring the subject that excites him most: the nature of identity. Rushdie says that this steady thrum of echoes gives Auster's works an over-arching coherence: "There are certainly repetitions in his books, such as dislocation; intrusion of the unknown; an exploration of how lives can take different directions, and so on, so regardless of the technical variation, the constant themes make them identifiably Paul Auster novels. That's the thing about creating a body of work - you teach your readers how to read your books."

I had jumped off the edge, and then, at the very last moment, something reached out and caught me in midair. That something is what I define as love. It is the one thing that can stop a man from falling, powerful enough to negate the laws of gravity.” Pete Hamill, who passed at the age of 85 in 2020, was the embodiment of New York. A prolific writer through and through with a deep relationship with Brooklyn (and local sports teams!), Hamill spent his entire lifechronicling the city's cultural happeningsboth at his jobs at The New York Post and the Daily News andall throughout his many books, including Forever, his 2003work of fiction about a man who is grantedimmortalityas long as he never leaves Manhattan.Sophie arrived at the writer’s apartment each night until the following Thursday, when she seemed to have an argument with him. Nobody drew the curtains this time, because Sophie left the apartment and slammed the front door, leaving the writer to resume his reading. The remarkable, acclaimed series of interconnected detective novels – from the author of 4 3 2 1: A Novel This 1987 Tom Wolfe novelis by many considered to be the quintessential New York work of fiction, originally conceived as a series of books that ran in Rolling Stone magazineacross 27 installments starting in 1984. Nicol, Bran The Cambridge Introduction to Postmodern Fiction (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009) ISBN 9780521679572. Chapter 7, 'Two postmodern genres: cyberpunk and detective fiction', includes a section on City of Glass. Najpre ću se malo čuditi nad nemalim brojem komentara da su ovo tri nezavisne priče među kojima je teško pronaći vezu. Smislenije bi mi bilo shvatanje da su ovo tri varijacije jedne teme i da je upravo zato Geopoetika angažovala troje dobrih prevodilaca (o Zoranu i Ivani Paunović se već sve zna, a i Zorana Spaić ih u stopu prati). U tom smislu, naravno da se većini najviše dopada poslednji deo celine u kome se sve raspliće, ako ovde ima mesta za priču o klasičnom raspletu.

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