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Published on December 2, 2008

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Paul Auster : Paul Auster Oracle Night Príncipe de Asturias 2006 : Príncipe de Asturias 2006 "With his exploration of new areas of reality, Auster has been able to attract young readers by giving an aesthetically valuable testimony of the individual and collective problems of our times," said Victor Garcia de la Concha, president of the prize organizer's committee. Slide 3: Born in New Jersey, Auster, 59, is a novelist, poet, screenplay writer and translator. New York Trilogy is a detective story series in which he deals with existential issues and the search for identity. Later works, such as The Music of Chance (1990) and The Book of Illusions (2002), are concerned with the role of chance and random events as well as the relationships between people and their peers and surroundings. Slide 4: Paul Auster, one of America's greatest living novelists, argues that fiction is 'magnificently useless', but the act of creation and the pleasure of reading are incomparable human joys that we should savour Slide 5: “I don't know why I do what I do. If I did know, I probably wouldn't feel the need to do it. All I can say, and I say it with utmost certainty, is that I have felt this need since my earliest adolescence. I'm talking about writing, in particular, writing as a vehicle to tell stories, imaginary stories that have never taken place in what we call the real world. Surely it is an odd way to spend your life - sitting alone in a room with a pen in your hand, hour after hour, day after day, year after year, struggling to put words on pieces of paper in order to give birth to what does not exist - except in your head. Why on earth would anyone want to do such a thing? The only answer I have ever been able to come up with is: because you have to, because you have no choice.” From Paul Auster's acceptance speech for the Prince of Asturias Prize for Letters, Spain's premier literary honour. Slide 6: Oracle Night is about the relationship between art and life. Plot: Sidney Orr, a famous writer, is recovering from a serious illness. He has not written a word for ages. One day he finds a notebook and starts writing. Then … Sid’s story : Sid’s story Main character: Nick Bowen Bowen is an editor. Oracle Night, by Sylvia Maxwell is on his desk. Other stories within this story: Dashiel Hammet’s The Maltese Falcon H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine The characters : The characters Reality Main characters: John Trause, Secondary characters: Jacob, Mr. Chang, Grace Unimportant characters (brief sketches) Fiction Main characters: Secondary characters: Unimportant characters (brief sketches) Time : Time Now (footnotes) Then Reality (twenty years ago) Fiction Are all the stories the same? : Are all the stories the same? A writer is always thinking, is always inventing stories Dashiel Hammet’s story: The Matese Falcon H.G. Wells’ story: The Time Machine The Cultural Revolution story The Second World War Story Etc. Responding : Responding Sidney Orr is a different person at the end of the novel. Why? What character did you like most? Why? What episode was most impressive? Why? How would you have taken Nick out of the locked room? Learning (quote page and paragraph) : Learning (quote page and paragraph) Ideas you have liked: Expressions you want to learn? Summarize three episodes in your own words

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