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Here and Now: Letters 2008-2011

Here and Now: Letters 2008-2011 [Kindle Edition]

Paul Auster , J. M. Coetzee
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Extraordinary book. Times Literary Supplement Uniquely insightful, unfailingly interesting, men of letters. -- Arifa Akbar Independent You feel that Auster and Coetzee are addressing each other directly and honestly. Some of it is rather moving, and underpinning it all is genuine affection. Daily Telegraph Elegant letters ... These pages are at their most compelling when the respective writers begin to dwell on the currency of their fiction. -- Tim Adams Observer


“[A] civilized discourse between two cultivated and sophisticated men. . . . It’s a pleasure to be in their company.” —Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

After a meeting at an Australian literary festival brought them together in 2008, novelists Paul Auster and J. M. Coetzee began exchanging letters on a regular basis with the hope they might “strike sparks off each other." Here and Now is the result: a three-year epistolary dialogue that touches on nearly every subject, from sports to fatherhood, literature to film, philosophy to politics, from the financial crisis to art, death, eroticism, marriage, friendship, and love. Their high-spirited and luminous correspondence offers an intimate and often amusing portrait of these two men as they explore the complexities of the here and now and reveal their pleasure in each other’s friendship on every page.


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Den ersten Entwurf eines Romans schreibt Paul Auster noch immer mit der Hand, ein echtes Manuskript also. Die Arbeitsweise passt zu dem Autor, der mit seiner Frau zurückgezogen in Brooklyn lebt und nicht gern über seine literarische Arbeit spricht. Geboren wurde Auster 1947 in Newark, New Jersey. Seine Vorfahren waren jüdische Einwanderer aus Österreich. Nach dem Studium fuhr er als Matrose auf einem Öltanker zur See. Von 1971-74 lebte Auster in Frankreich. Danach hatte er einen Lehrauftrag an der Columbia University und war Übersetzer und Herausgeber französischer Autoren. Mit Romanen wie "Mond über Manhattan", "Die Brooklyn Revue" und "Unsichtbar" sowie seiner klaren, bildreichen Sprache avancierte er zu einem der erfolgreichsten US-amerikanischen Autoren.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Großartig 12. August 2013
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Ein Wort: Großartjg. Für LeserInnen die mit den beiden Autoren vertraut sind, aber auch für Neueinsteiger ist dieser Briefwechsel eine überraschend leichte, aber keineswegs seichte Lektüre. Auster als auch Coetzee schaffen es, zum schmunzeln und nachdenken anzuregen und geben dabei höchst interessante Einblicke in den Alltag eines Schriftstellers, von Sportphilosophie bis Standpunkten zu Kritikern ist hier alles zu finden.
Ein tolles Buch!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Here and Now - Paul Auster 29. Oktober 2013
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Das Buch war als Geschenk gedacht. Leider kam es sehr spät an. Der Kundenservice war sehr freundlich und hat umgehend geantwortet.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Two Brilliant Minds In Correspondence 14. März 2013
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I love the novels of Don DeLillo, Philip Roth, Thomas Pynchon, and Denis Johnson. They are all incredibly intelligent and gifted writers. But I get the most excited whenever a new Paul Auster book comes out. There's something about his voice, like an uncle who lives abroad. Someone you don't get to see as often as you'd like. He's got a million strange and funny stories. All unique, all true. And for some reason it only seems right that those things would happen to him. Your strange and funny uncle who smoke too many cigars and drinks a little too much wine.

That Auster and Coetzee corresponded so consistently through the years is remarkable. That they did so using a typewriter and a fax machine is telling of the importance these two men place on letters, both figuratively and literally.

Of course, I was drawn more to the Auster portions of this book, but it was interesting to see the ways in which conversation topics were introduced and carried on by both sides. It was Coetzee's suggestion that they write each other, and you can tell he has immense respect for Auster.

Coetzee's South African heritage makes for some unique perspective on culture, politics, and relationships. Sometimes you can almost sense Auster is analyzing his friend to be used as a character in a novel.

Over all, this is an insightful read if you're fan of either writer, otherwise it remains a curiosity in the bibliography of one of America's most gifted and interesting writers.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Maybe Later 24. September 2013
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My lukewarm response to this series of letters between two literary giants, Auster and Coetzee, may reflect more on my expectations and assumptions about such a book. I was bitterly disappointed, especially in the self-aggrandising contribution made by Coetzee.

As a fan of both writers, I fear my expectations drew on some projected beliefs about the whole being more than the sum of the parts. The author of Disgrace and Elizabeth Costello has much in common with the mind that conceived Leviathan. I anticipated an intense, intellectual exchange about the challenge of devising and structuring such ideas-driven fiction. I thought I’d find insights, Paris Review style, into the writing process, or at the very least, honest self-revelation about the demons that attend the novelist, and the means by which they might be banished. Advocates of the ‘literary biography as voyeurism’ school will curl their lips here; Coetzee and Auster surely may write to each other about any damn thing they please. Indeed. But why seek publication? The exercise smacks of vanity, or worse, avarice. Or extreme narcissism (that is, even more than one needs to be a novelist, which is considerable). I am not unsympathetic to the fiscal imperative all writers confront, but even allowing for the narcissism which must necessarily accompany literary talents of such proportions as these, it seems an error of judgement has occurred. It may be a salutary lesson, to seek the novelist only in the novels.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Not Terribly Interesting 3. April 2013
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I have always found the lives of writers fascinating so I jumped at the chance to see the letters exchanged between two eminent writers of the 21st century. Unfortunately I didn't find much of interest here. Clearly these two men have a warm friendship. As to be expected the writing of each is first rate. The topics discussed were lackluster. There was a lot of chat about sports, not very interesting to me. There was also a good deal of chatting about politics which demonstrated a level of naivete that I found astounding in two such intelligent men. You will find nothing here about the works in progress of both authors and little about other authors work. There is no literary gossip either.
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I read the book twice. For the first time, my feelings were ambivalent. I am a fan of Coetzee; Auster is known to me from the films (Smoke, Lulu on the Bridge), so I was expecting an exchange of letters arising from the internal needs of both writers and not of correspondence ordered by a publisher. But I changed my mind. Value in itself is not only a varied picture of the world in the eyes of the older (Coetzee) and younger author (Auster), but also their personal relationship, marked by positive intentions and emotions - openness, curiosity and respect for the respondent and his literary work. It is an example to follow as a model for a working relationship and human relations. "In other words, the basis of my interest is ethical rather than aesthetic," as Coetzee says in one of his letters.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A stumulating and insightful read 3. August 2013
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It's easy to put good writers on pedestals, and regard them as a somewhat higher forms of life. This book reminds us that they're pretty much like the rest of us, except that they give a good deal of time to thinking about how the world -- and the people in it -- work. Lots of interesting observations and insights into all sorts of things. I found Coetzee's comments about the US's Second Amendment (in his letter of Nov 29, 2010) very relevant to today. An enjoyable book!
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