The New York Trilogy

  • von Paul Auster
  • Sprecher: Joe Barrett
  • 12 Std. 41 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


Paul Auster's brilliant debut novels, City of Glass, Ghosts, and The Locked Room brought him international acclaim for his creation of a new genre, mixing elements of the standard detective fiction and postmodern fiction.
City of Glass combines dark, Kafka-like humor with all the suspense of a Hitchcock film as a writer of detective stories becomes embroiled in a complex and puzzling series of events, beginning with a call from a stranger in the middle of the night asking for the author - Paul Auster - himself. Ghosts, the second volume of this interconnected trilogy, introduces Blue, a private detective hired to watch a man named Black, who, as he becomes intermeshed into a haunting and claustrophobic game of hide-and-seek, is lured into the very trap he has created.
The final volume, The Locked Room, also begins with a mystery, told this time in first-person narrative. The nameless hero journeys into the unknown as he attempts to reconstruct the past, which he has experienced almost as a dream. Together these three fictions lead the reader on adventures that expand the mind as they entertain.
As an added bonus, when you purchase our Audible Modern Vanguard production of Paul Auster's book, you'll also get an exclusive Jim Atlas interview that begins when the audiobook ends.



"Auster harnesses the inquiring spirit any reader brings to a mystery, redirecting it from the grubby search for a wrongdoer to the more rarified search for the self." (New York Times Book Review)
"Eminently readable and mysterious....Auster has added some new dimensions to modern literature and – more importantly even – to our perspectives on the planet." (Boston Globe)
"By turning the mystery novel inside out, Auster may have initiated a whole new round of storytelling" (The Village Voice)


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Geniale Sprache, grandios gelesen!

Paul Austers bekanntestes Werk zählt sicher auch zu den Meisterwerken der amerikanischen Gegenwartsliteratur. In seiner unverwechselbaren klaren Sprache stellt der den Leser vor immer neue Gedankenhürden, lenkt ihn von einer Richtung in die andere und lässt ihn immer wieder anhalten, um das eben Gelesene einzuordnen und zu verarbeiten.

In drei abgeschlossenen Geschichten, in deren Mittelpunkt auch die Großstadt New York steht, erzählt Auster immer wieder vom Leben und davon, wie sehr es davon abhängt, wie oder auch dass man von seiner Umwelt wahrgenommen wird. Auch eines seiner zentralen Themen, der Zufall, spielt eine wesentliche Rolle in allen drei Geschichten, die zum Teil beginnen wie ein klassischer Detektivroman, und letztendlich immer eine Suche der Protagonisten nach sich selbst darstellen. Die Figuren sind oft sehr schemenhaft dargestellt, nur in "The Locked Room" erzählt Auster von greifbaren und nachvollziehbaren Personen, doch auch diese stoßen an die Grenzen der Selbstzerstörung.

Für mich sind letztendlich viele Fragen offen geblieben, die mich noch länger beschäftigen werden. Der Sinn des Daseins, die eigene Rolle und die der anderen, die Wendungen, die vom Zufall gesteuert werden - zentrale Themen, die mir in so gut wie allen Werken Austers immer wieder begegnet sind.

Große Literatur, grandios gelesen von Joe Barett, der mit seiner wandelbaren Stimme die oft sehr distanziert gezeichnenten Figuren ein wenig greifbarer werden lässt.
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- Tedesca

Lost Souls Coming apart

The book might have some charm, but if so, it is a very prickly one. Paul Auster throws three seemingly unrelated stories at you and lets you struggle with them. It is like caressing a porcupine, you might like it, but it does not come without pain.

In the first story “City of Glass” Quinn, a mediocre writer gets mysterious phone calls, mistaking him for a detective. Against better judgment he lets himself getting drawn in an endless and hopeless odyssey through the streets of New York, searching for a deranged criminal, who threatens the life of a psychologically crippled individual. In the course of the search Quinn also meets the author Paul Auster to ask for help. I find this rather awkward and I do not care very much about the author’s flirt with his own popularity.

The second story “Ghosts” is even more bizarre. Blue, a student of Brown, has been hired by White to spy on Black. Blue is watching Black on the other side of Orange Street from the window of a rented room. There is very little going on and Blue is coming apart slowly.

The third story “The Locked Room” starts like a conventional crime story, but deviates slowly into a psychological drama. A friend of the protagonist has disappeared, leaving a beautiful young wife and a baby behind. Even more puzzling though is the pile of novels, plays, and poems, which are entrusted to the protagonist to take care of.

All of the three novels have in common that more questions are raised than answers given. All the three protagonists set out on a quest and in their meandering search they become obsessed, lose their sense of reality and slowly come apart. Towards the end the reader will recognize some hidden links between the stories, but it all leaves a construed and forced impression.

I am not an ardent fan of Paul Auster, but I like most of his books. This one I struggled with. It has a Kafkaesque quality, the prose is great, but the content disappointed me.
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- BikerJoe

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  • Erscheinungsdatum: 11.08.2009
  • Verlag: Audible Studios