Report from the Interior by Paul Auster
Having recalled his life through the story of his physical self in Winter Journal, internationally acclaimed novelist Paul Auster now remembers the experience of his development from within through the encounters of his interior self with the outer world in Report from the Interior.
From his baby’s-eye view of the man in the moon, to his childhood worship of the movie cowboy Buster Crabbe, to his dawning awareness of the injustices of American life, Report from the Interior charts Auster’s moral, political, and intellectual journey as he inches his way toward adulthood through the postwar 1950s and into the turbulent 1960s.
The final section of Report from the Interior recapitulates the first three parts, told in an album of pictures. A story of the times—which makes it everyone’s story—and the story of the emerging consciousness of a renowned literary artist, this four-part work answers the challenge of autobiography in ways rarely seen before.
Praise for Report from the Interior
“Report from the Interior is a fetchingly original, if eclectic, examination of what it feels like to be a young person in a puzzle-world that still hasn’t fallen into place. We all felt it as children; Auster has simply revisited it and put it into words.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Report from the Interior adds another piece to the jigsaw puzzle of one of our greatest writers.”— Shelf Awareness
“Auster is an achingly talented essayist.”— Denver Post
“The interplay of memory, identity and the creative imagination informs this portrait of the artist as a young man, a memoir that the novelist’s avid readership will find particularly compelling…. Auster has long rendered life as something of a puzzle; here are some significant, illuminating pieces.”— Kirkus
“This erratically episodic, somewhat puzzling compendium rounds out the edges to Auster’s oeuvre.”— Publishers Weekly
“A high-wire explication of his inner life… Auster’s phenomenal literary powers are generated by his equal fluency in matters emotional and cerebral. Here the origins of that sustaining duality are revealed.”— Booklist