• Acclaimed writer Paul Auster has died
  • He was passed on at 77 leaving a fantastic legacy
  • HERE is a look at his life and times 

Auster's passing was confirmed by his friend, shedding light on his battle with lung cancer and commemorating his prolific career that spanned over four decades. We'll delve into Auster's life, from his early encounters with destiny to his profound impact on contemporary literature.

A Life Shaped by Chance

The news hit the literary community like a storm: Paul Auster, the mastermind behind the mesmerizing New York Trilogy, has left us at the age of 77. His journey, marked by an uncanny fascination with fate and serendipity, came to an end this Tuesday, leaving fans and fellow writers in a state of reflection on his monumental contributions to literature.

Born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1947, Auster's narrative was intertwined with the whims of chance from an early age. A pivotal moment came at just 14, when a lightning strike claimed the life of a boy next to him, an event that would haunt and inspire his writing for years to come.

Auster studied at Columbia University before moving to Paris in the early 1970s, where he worked a variety of jobs, including translation, and lived with his "on-again off-again" girlfriend, the writer Lydia Davis, whom he had met while at college. In 1974, they returned to the US and married. In 1977, the couple had a son, Daniel, but separated shortly afterwards.

This brush with mortality infused his work with a deep exploration of coincidence and fate, themes that became the hallmark of his storytelling.

Auster's career was a tapestry of narrative innovation, with his novels often featuring writers as protagonists, weaving a metafictional web that challenged readers' perceptions of reality and fiction. His hypnotic narrative voice, likened to that of the Ancient Mariner, was impossible to ignore, drawing readers into a world where every detail could signify a multitude of hidden truths.

Auster's life was as rich and complex as his novels. From his early days carrying a pencil as a talisman of potential stories, to his transformative experiences in Paris with Lydia Davis, and later, his marriage to Siri Hustvedt, Auster's personal narrative was deeply entwined with his literary exploration.

His family life, marked by both love and tragedy, including the recent loss of his son Daniel, provided a poignant backdrop to his literary achievements.

Though a giant in the literary world, Auster's star shone brightest in Europe, where he was celebrated as a rock star of the written word. 

His accolades included Spain's Prince of Asturias prize and the Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, testament to his global impact on literature and the arts.

Auster's battle with cancer was a closely guarded chapter of his life, revealed only in the wake of his passing. His final novel, "Baumgartner," stands as a testament to his enduring talent and his ability to captivate readers to the very end.

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Paul Auster leaves behind a world forever changed by his words, a family who cherished him, and a legacy that will continue to inspire generations to come. As we say goodbye to this literary colossus, we take solace in the worlds he created, knowing that within them, his spirit lives on.