The art of Hunger: essays, prefaces, interviews
In essays and interviews with literary figures, such as Franz Kafka, George Bataille, Samuel Beckett, Edmond Jabes, Paul Celan, Laura Riding, Knut Hamsun, Hugo Ball, and Charles Reznikoff, this new collection of essays represents a startling examination of writing at the edge of possibility, the pursuit of the sayable from within the heart of silence. By calling for an art of risk, an art that voluntarily courts its own failure, Auster's book undermines our accepted notions about literature, and with remarkable lucidity, leads us to a better understanding of the dangerous stakes of writing. As Don DeLillo has observed, "This is a writer whose work shines with intelligence and originality."
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