Death at 77 of Paul Auster, illustrious American novelist, director of Smoke and Brooklyn Boogie – Cinema News

Death at 77 of Paul Auster, illustrious American novelist, director of Smoke and Brooklyn Boogie – Cinema News
Death at 77 of Paul Auster, illustrious American novelist, director of Smoke and Brooklyn Boogie – Cinema News

Screenwriter, director of four films and above all a great American author, leaving behind a rich oeuvre of more than thirty works, Paul Auster died this Tuesday, April 30 in Brooklyn from cancer. He was 77 years old.

Disappearance of a great American novelist. Paul Auster died this Tuesday, April 30, at the age of 77. In March 2023, his wife, the writer and essayist Siri Hustvedt, announced on social networks that he had been diagnosed with cancer in December 2022.

Author of more than thirty works, regularly adapted, Paul Auster was also a screenwriter for the cinema, and even director of four films, including Smoke and Brooklyn Boogie, which he co-directed with Wayne Wang.

A taste for reading and writing

Born in Newark in February 1947, Paul Auster showed a strong taste for writing and reading very early on. After his parents divorced, he stopped his studies and began a trip across Europe during which he began writing a novel. Back in the United States, he attended Columbia University and met a famous author, Lydia Davisin 1966.

During his studies, Paul Auster worked odd jobs and wrote articles on cinema for the Columbia Review Magazine. He obtained a bachelor’s degree then a master’s degree in English and comparative literature. During the Vietnam War, he began writing In the Country of Last Things, published in 1987, and which would be adapted for the big screen by Alejandro Chomski. In February 1971, Paul Auster returned to Paris where he held several small literary jobs and worked on various film projects.

Upon his return to the United States in 1974, he wrote essays, poems, translations and screenplays. In 1993, Philippe Haas signed the first adaptation of one of his novels The Music of Chance. Then Paul Auster takes up the pen of screenwriter in Smoke (1995) and The Center of the World (2001).

Commander of Arts & Letters

He stands out as a director and screenwriter for Brooklyn Boogie (1995) and Lulu on the Bridge (1997), in which he also reunited for the third time with Harvey Keitel. In The Inner Life of Martin Frost (2006), Paul Auster occupies all the positions, he is both the director and the screenwriter of the adaptation of his own novel. A member of the Jury at the Mostra in 1996 and at the Cannes International Film Festival the following year, he received the insignia of Commander in the Order of Arts and Letters in April 2007.

The last years of his life were marked by drama. In April 2022, his son Daniel died of a heroin overdose, aged 44; less than a year after being charged with manslaughter following the acute poisoning death of his ten-month-old daughter Ruby.

Writer of wandering, Paul Auster left his mark on American literature with his talent as a storyteller, poet of abandonment and internal exile.

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