Identity, Solitude, Language
The New York Trilogy is a series of novels by Paul Auster.
Originally published sequentially as City of Glass (1985),
Ghosts (1986) and The Locked Room (1986),
it has since been collected into a single volume.
Books must be read as deliberately and reservedly as they were written.
In the good mystery there is nothing wasted, no sentence, no word that is not significant. And even if it is not significant, it has the potential to be so –which amounts to the same thing.
“We imagine the real story inside the words, and to do this we substitute ourselves for the person in the story, pretending that we can understand him because we understand ourselves. This is deception. We exist for ourselves, perhaps, and at times we even have a glimmer of who we are, but in the end we can never be sure, and as our lives go on, we become more and more opaque to ourselves, more and more aware of our own incoherence. No one can cross the boundary into another – for the simple reason that no one can gain access to himself.
No one wants to be part of a fiction, and even less so if that fiction is real.
Everyone knows that stories are imaginary. Whatever effect they might have on us, we know they are not true, even when they tell us truths more important that the ones we can find elsewhere. As opposed to the story writer, I was offering my creations directly to the real world, and therefore it seemed possible to me that they could affect this real world in a real way, that they could eventually become part of the real itself. No writer could ask for more than that.
Title: The New York Trilogy
Author: Paul Auster
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication: April 1st 1990