A Parallax Reality

Shaping the Present in Paul Auster's Moon Palace and In the Country of Last Things

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Ira Hansen Doctoral Candidate, University of Turku, Finland

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Abstract

Engaging with the US author Paul Auster's fiction, the article explores how the stories his characters tell, in order to survive traumatic experiences, move them across their urban landscapes. Focusing on Auster's Moon Palace (1989) and In the Country of Last Things (1987), the article shows how the mobility of the main characters’ stories opens a parallax view, which reveals the past as an integral part of the experience of the present moment and the negotiation of trauma.

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Ira Hansen is a doctoral candidate of literature at the Department of English, University of Turku, Finland. She is currently working on her PhD dissertation that focuses on the relationship between embodiment and urban spaces in the US author Paul Auster's fiction.

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