Who is he? What is he doing here? When did he arrive and how long will he remain? With any luck, time will tell us all .
An old man sits in a room, with a single door and window, a bed, a desk and a chair. Each day he awakes with no memory, unsure of whether or not he is locked into the room. Attached to the few objects around him are one-word, hand-written labels and on the desk is a series of vaguely familiar black and white photographs and four piles of paper. Then a middle-aged woman called Anna enters and talks of pills and treatment, but also of love and promises.
Who is this Mr Blank and what is his fate? What does Anna represent from his past - and will he have enough time to ever make sense of the clues that arise.
After the huge success of The Brooklyn Follies, in Travels in the Scriptorium Auster has come up with a dark puzzle, a game that implicates both reader and writer alike, an ingenious exploration of language, responsibility and the passage of time.
Paul Auster was born in New Jersey in 1947. After attending Columbia University he lived in France for four years. Since 1974 he has published poems, essays, novels, screenplays and translations. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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